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Enhancing social-cultural sustainability in tall buildings: a trace from vernacular houses

Al-Jokhadar, Amer and Jabi, Wassim ORCID: 2016. Enhancing social-cultural sustainability in tall buildings: a trace from vernacular houses. Wood, A, Malott, D and He, J, eds. Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism: A collection of state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary papers on urban design, sustainable cities and tall buildings, Vol. 1. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - CTBUH, pp. 633-641.

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In the age of globalisation and continuous urbanisation, architects have a greater responsibility to design buildings with comfortable and sustainable environments. However, solutions should not concern themselves only with utilising technology, but also with creating synergies amongst community’s social and historical aspects. This research focuses on the implications of this wider definition of sustainability within the hot-arid climates of the Middle-East and North-Africa. Most of the current tall residential buildings in these regions, in contrast to vernacular courtyard houses, do not promote social cohesion and local identity. Yet, vernacular houses might not be compatible with pressures of modern construction. The question then becomes how to maintain relationships between spatial, social and environmental aspects while employing latest technologies and materials. Relationships in dwellings are assessed, through a typological analysis approach, as a trace of lifestyle and cultural values of the society, to attain parameters that are appropriate for sustainable tall developments.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, Residential, Social Interaction, Parametric Design, Vernacular, Courtyard
Additional Information: Please accept our permission to archive this in the Cardiff system. CTBUH Communications Manager Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Language other than English: Chinese
Publisher: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - CTBUH
ISBN: 978-0-939493-51-7
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 October 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:33

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