An important warning: The so-called new reginolism or neo vernacularism,which seems to be one of the most influential attempts of the post-moderndesign era hinders creativity.The vernacularist approach preserves the existing structures as a means of survival. The master builders of vernacular buildings are there to correctand readapt the vernacular system to changing climatic contitions.New building technics, new materials and transfer of new approaches causethe deterioration of the self regulating cybernetic system of the vernacular architecture. The oil crisis in the Western world necessitated the re-evaluation of the ecological context in architecture. The appropriate form gave priority to thepragmatism of the shelter. An architecture which contains the elements ofthe folk art of the locality became a valid design approach for many archi-tects who were exhousted by the energy consumption-principles of modernarchitecture. Here, architecture stood at a tool level. Despite all wellworking parts these buildings never reached the required level of symbol-ism. Man has always taken great care in forming his envieronmern with symbolic elements which transmit the wealth of a cultural legacy. The symbols of each culture group sharing the same language, mythology,religion and artform will have similar properties. The realm of architecture as a symbolic realisation process is the area ofanalogies and metaphores. The architectural symbols may be difficult tounderstand to the outsiders. The important task of the post-modern designer is to enrich the symbolic repertory of his culture. We want to argue that there is no treshold between vernacular and symbolicapproaches.