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Recent Frontiers of Architectural Research Articles

Recently published articles from Frontiers of Architectural Research.

The effects of environmental factors on the patient outcomes in hospital environments: A review of literature

Available online 15 November 2019
Saman Jamshidi | Jan S. Parker | Seyedehnastaran Hashemi

This study investigates the evidence supporting the impact of the built environment on the health outcomes for patients within the hospital setting. Improving the hospital environment may potentially...

Neighborhood spaces in residential environments: Lessons for contemporary Indian context

Available online 15 November 2019
Ritu Gulati

The importance of open and unbuilt neighborhood spaces in residential developments has been established by numerous scholars. Having a diverse nomenclature in varied contexts, these areas are indispensable...

Quantitative analysis of social force in the processes of settlement aggregation

Available online 14 November 2019
Rong Du | Chiu-Shui Chan

Despite its close connection to many of the problems related to uncloaking hidden structures of settlement aggregation in China, researchers have shown limited interest in quantifying and analyzing...

Integrated design of transport infrastructure and public spaces considering human behavior: A review of state-of-the-art methods and tools

Available online 28 October 2019
Liu Yang | Koen H. van Dam | Arnab Majumdar | Bani Anvari | Washington Y. Ochieng | Lufeng Zhang

In order to achieve holistic urban plans incorporating transport infrastructure, public space and the behavior of people in these spaces, integration of urban design and computer modeling is a promising...

Nexus between creative industries and the built environment: Creative placemaking in inner Auckland

Available online 22 October 2019
Lydia Kiroff

A significant body of literature has examined the location decision-making of creative industry firms. However, research on the nexus between design creative industries and the built environment remains...

The evolution of George Town's urban morphology in the Straits of Malacca, late 18th century-early 21st century

Available online 21 October 2019
Long Zhao | Wun Bin Wong | Zulkifli Bin Hanafi

George Town is a significant World Heritage Site in the Straits of Malacca. This paper examined the evolution of urban morphology in George Town within geography, politics, economy, and culture in a...

Application of bamboo in a design–build course: Lianhuadang Farm project

Available online 2 October 2019
Jian Jiao | Peng Tang

The entire process of the Lianhuadang Farm Project, that is, from early-stage investigations to the completed construction, was documented. This project is a graduate design–build course of the School...

The effect of qibla direction on the hierarchy of movement in mosque: A case study of mosques in Yazd, Iran

September 2019
Mahya Ghouchani | Mohammad Taji | Fatemeh Kordafshari

In the architecture of Iranian-Islamic mosques, besides the geographic directions affecting the climate, the direction of qibla also affects their architecture. In the present study, based on the descriptive-analytical...

Research-by-design framework for integrating education and research in an intercultural parallel design studio

September 2019
Oswald Devisch | Els Hannes | Tú Anh Trinh | Maria Leus | Jo Berben | Đặng Thế Hiến

Intercultural student exchange can positively impact education, research, and society. Research-by-design has been put forward in design education as an approach to explicitly address the integration...

Nondestructive inspection of a brick–timber structure in a modern architectural heritage building: Lecture hall of the Anyuan Miners' Club, China

September 2019
Jian Jiao | Qiuling Xia | Fei Shi

Detailed survey and inspection of the structure of the lecture hall of the Anyuan Miners' Club were conducted during a restoration project. Nondestructive inspection measures were used to assess the...

Forking path: De-scripting interchange architecture at the Ayalon Crosstown Expressway

September 2019
Roy Kozlovsky

This study explores freeway interchange design as an example of traffic architecture. It reconstructs the design history of one bifurcating interchange along the Ayalon Crosstown Expressway in Tel Aviv,...

Adaptive biomimetic facades: Enhancing energy efficiency of highly glazed buildings

September 2019
Wajiha Tariq Sheikh | Quratulain Asghar

In this paper, we investigate the design of an adaptive biomimetic facade as a practical solution for enhancing energy efficiency of highly glazed buildings in the hot and humid regions. We present...

Statics of space syntax: Analysis of daylighting

September 2019
Khaled Tarabieh | Khaled Nassar | Mahmoud Abdelrahman | Islam Mashaly

Space syntax involves a set of techniques for analyzing the spatial configurations of various spaces at building and urban scales. Religious spaces, such as prayer halls, are examples of buildings where...

Increasing efficiency of atriums in hot, arid zones

September 2019
Vijayantha Vethanayagam | Bassam Abu-Hijleh

This research evaluated the efficiency of Atrium in hot, arid regions and investigated the parameters influencing the total energy consumption of an existing shopping mall in Dubai, UAE using the IES-VE...

Architecture as spatial storytelling: Mediating human knowledge of the world, humans and architecture

September 2019
Fangqing Lyu

Since the 1960s, architecture has been interpreted by Structuralism as a system of signs, which results in the problem that architecture is isolated from humans and the world. In contrast with this...

Dark Matter Garden: A case study in algorithmic modelling and digital fabrication of complex steel structures

September 2019
Asterios Agkathidis

This paper is focusing on the application of algorithmic modelling techniques to represent, design and fabricate gravitational lens effects (as described by the astrophysical theory of the ‘Dark Matter’)...

Urban planning historical review of master plans and the way towards a sustainable city: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

September 2019
Linda Lazaro Peter | Yuzhen Yang

Urban planning in Tanzania has focused mainly on economic development. The Tanzanian government prioritizes large-scale modern projects to increase national income and propel world-class urban settlements....

Physical upgrading plan for slum riverside settlement in traditional area: A case study in Kuin Utara, Banjarmasin, Indonesia

September 2019
Meidwinna Vania Michiani | Junichiro Asano

This study aims to draw basic and global concepts for the physical improvement of slum riverside settlements as a fundamental step toward formalizing and securing tenure. Moreover, this work specifies...

Instructors׳ perspectives on the pedagogy of architectural graduation projects: A qualitative study

September 2019
Mohammed Ghonim | Nehad Eweda

In architectural education, graduation projects represent the transition from academia to the profession, and they are the courses that encourage architecture students to demonstrate the knowledge acquired...

Applying design science approach to architectural design development

Available online 28 September 2019
Rania Aburamadan | Claudia Trillo

Unlike research methods for social and positivist sciences, those for architectural design lack a discipline-specific conceptual framework. Performative science aims at producing outcomes for future...

Opportunities for tidal range projects beyond energy generation: Using Mersey barrage as a case study

Available online 23 September 2019
Sean Petley | Daneel Starr | Linda Parish | Zak Underwood | George A. Aggidis

Currently there is renewed interest in harnessing the vast tidal resource to combat the twin challenges of climate change and energy security. However, within the UK no tidal barrage proposals have...

Studies on sustainable features of vernacular architecture in different regions across the world: A comprehensive synthesis and evaluation

Available online 20 September 2019
Anh Tuan Nguyen | Nguyen Song Ha Truong | David Rockwood | Anh Dung Tran Le

Due to the increasing pressure brought by recent global environmental problems, building designers are embracing regionalism and the knowledge of traditional structures, arguing that these structures...

Urban agriculture in Kathmandu as a catalyst for the civic inclusion of migrants and the making of a greener city

Available online 12 September 2019
Maurice Mitchell | Amara Roca Iglesias

This research explores the opportunities offered for the creation of a green city on the recently secured Bagmati riverbanks in Kathmandu, which is subject to rapid inward migration from landless rural...

Parametric modeling simulation for an origami shaped canopy

Available online 3 September 2019
Caio D.C. Lucarelli | Joyce C. Carlo

This study perceives the developing process of a parameterization modeling in Grasshopper® for complex surfaces using building simulation, considering Annual Average of Hourly Radiation as the key-variable....

Emotional evaluation of architectural interior forms based on personality differences using virtual reality

Available online 26 August 2019
Maryam Banaei | Ali Ahmadi | Klaus Gramann | Javad Hatami

Recent studies have shown that architectural interior forms could impact the affective state of inhabitants. However, the direct relation of specific forms with specific affective states is difficult...

Short- and long-term effects of architecture on the brain: Toward theoretical formalization

Available online 26 August 2019
Andréa de Paiva | Richard Jedon

The physical environment affects people's behavior and wellbeing. Some effects can be easily noticed through observation, whereas others require an in-depth study to be understood and measured. Although...

Framework for capacity based sustainable design & development: towards resilient communities

Available online 22 August 2019
Michaël Willem Maria Smits

The most fundamental struggle for realizing a sustainable built environment still lies in the use of non-renewable resources in its articulation. Although efforts have been taken to increase the use...

Implementation issues of the planning support tool in Japan: Focusing on urban disaster mitigation

Available online 22 August 2019
Kazuki Karashima | Akira Ohgai

This study determined the issues of Planning Support System (PSS) implementation in the field of urban disaster mitigation in Japan by understanding its analytical perspective through a review of Western...

Reinventing the wheel: A tool for design quality evaluation in architecture

Available online 22 August 2019
Buthayna Eilouti

Addressing design evaluation as a critical yet under-researched domain, this study analyzes the design evaluation structure and its variables and criteria that guide its outcomes. Within a scope of...

An optimisation process to motivate effective adoption of BIM for refurbishment of complex buildings in New Zealand

Available online 2 August 2019
Anthony Okakpu | Ali GhaffarianHoseini | John Tookey | Jarrod Haar | Amirhosein Ghaffarian Hoseini

Despite the multidisciplinary networks involved in refurbishment of complex building projects, the lack of BIM adoption signifies lack of real BIM benefits towards acceptance of BIM within Architecture,...

Reconstruction of the remembrance: Palace of Culture in Slantsy

Available online 20 July 2019
Tatiana Sergeevna Reshetnikova

Impressive public architecture has a power to influence and imbue a space with a legend and cultural and social values and accumulate collective memories. A Palace of Culture, or Dvorets Kul'tury in...

Impact of the Syrian crisis on the socio-spatial transformation of Eastern Amman, Jordan

Available online 18 July 2019
Raed Salem Al-Tal | Hala Hesham Ahmad Ghanem

Amman, the capital of Jordan, has been subjected to incremental spatial transformation under the pressure of the emerging migration of various refugees since the beginning of the Syrian conflict (2011–present)....

Towards international: China-aided stadiums in the developing world

Available online 16 July 2019
Wei Chang | Charlie Q.L. Xue

Foreign aid is a form of international relationship between countries. Building projects are a major form of foreign aid. In the past 60 years, China has constructed over 1400 buildings in the developing...

Comparative analysis of habitation behavioral patterns in spatial configuration of traditional houses in Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces of China

Available online 16 July 2019
Jie Ding | Shanshan Ma

This study investigated the categories of spatial characteristics of traditional houses in Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces of China by applying syntactic theories and conducting a comparative...

Micromorphological description of vernacular cob process and comparison with rammed earth

Available online 11 July 2019
Erwan Hamard | Cécilia Cammas | Blandine Lemercier | Bogdan Cazacliu | Jean-Claude Morel

Past builders have developed very low-embodied energy construction techniques optimizing the use of local building materials. These techniques are a source of inspiration for modern sustainable building....

Performing arts buildings in Taiyuan: Cultural history buildings in a second-tier Chinese city

June 2019
Yingbo Xiao | Yan Wan | Charlie Q.L. Xue

In the twenty-first century, Chinese cities tend to rely on cultural megastructures to define their new districts and reflect their aspirations. A grand theater, which is a complicated building type...

From appropriation to formal intervention: An analytical framework for understanding the appropriation process in residual spaces of Cairo

June 2019
Doha Eissa | Marwa Hassan Khalil | Aly Gabr | Ahmed Abdelghaffar

The paper addresses the issue of how residual spaces are intervened upon through formal and informal processes. It argues that a profound understanding for the dynamics of informal interventions, denoted...

Teaching sustainable design in architecture education: Critical review of Easy Approach for Sustainable and Environmental Design (EASED)

June 2019
Camille de Gaulmyn | Karine Dupre

In the current context of climate change and ecological awareness, designing sustainable environments is definitely understood as a shared responsibility. With the construction sector consuming half...

Shape grammars as a reverse engineering method for the morphogenesis of architectural façade design

June 2019
Buthayna Eilouti

The field of shape grammars spans 47 years, but its potential in the practice and education of art, architecture, and engineering remains far from being utilized. Similarly, while reverse engineering...

Differences between young architects' and non-architects' aesthetic evaluation of buildings

June 2019
Katarína Šafárová | Martin Pírko | Vojtěch Juřík | Tomáš Pavlica | Ondřej Németh

Previous studies showed significant differences between expert architects and laypeople in aesthetic evaluations of buildings. However, studies exploring the aesthetic preferences of architecture students...

Reducing architecture: Doing almost nothing as a city-making strategy in 21st century architecture

June 2019
Marco Enia | Flavio Martella

This paper discusses a contemporary design strategy to deal with urban spaces. In 21st century architecture it is possible to recognize the existence of several projects that consist in doing almost...

Using spatial indicators to predict ventilation and energy performance-correlation analysis for an apartment building in five Chinese cities

June 2019
Xiaoyu Du | Regina Bokel | Andy van den Dobbelsteen

In the early design stages, architects are in constant search of a design direction that can determine the success or failure of the final design. However, in real design practice, most of the prediction...

My Country and My People and Sydney Opera House: The missing link

June 2019
Chen-Yu Chiu | Philip Goad | Peter Myers | Nur Yıldız Kılınçer

It is known that Jørn Utzon (1918–2008), the principal architect for the Sydney Opera House project (1957–66), had a lifetime obsession for Chinese art and architecture. However, previous studies did...

Making Bibelot: Casting material research within cultural frameworks

June 2019
Erkin Özay | Gregory Delaney | Nicholas Traverse | Andrew Pries

Material investigations in architecture often exclude practice implications by narrowly determining the scope and limitations of research. Such limitations are necessary and warranted for open-ended...

Narratives of a lost space: A semiotic analysis of central courtyards in Iranian cinema

June 2019
Hamed Goharipour

Most constructions in Iranian cities today neglect the traditional principles of design, particularly the rules on spatial hierarchy. This interdisciplinary study deploys cinematic analysis to understand...

The built environment of Japanese shopping streets as visual information on pedestrian vibrancy

June 2019
Giancarlo Carmelino | Toshihiro Hanazato

Twenty shopping streets in Tokyo, Japan, were analyzed based on pedestrian vibrancy and visual information by assessing physical dimensions, objects, shops and quantity of pedestrians and walking speeds....

Heritage attributes of post-war housing in Amsterdam

Available online 24 June 2019
Lisanne Havinga | Bernard Colenbrander | Henk Schellen

Modern heritage, particularly post-war social housing estates, is struggling with negative perceptions. Accordingly, this research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the heritage significance...

Public park behaviour in Da Nang: An investigation into how open space is used

Available online 21 June 2019
Duy Thinh Do | YuNing Cheng | Amir Shojai | Ye Chen

The provision of open space is seen as a feasible solution in mitigating the challenges of urbanization, which accommodates the daily leisure activities of residents and contributes to sustainable development....

Evaluating the impact of mass housings' in-between spaces' spatial configuration on users' social interaction

Available online 13 June 2019
Wiem Zerouati | Tahar Bellal

This research examines the impact of in-between space configuration on users' social practices. The effects of different degrees of permeability of these spaces on the social interactions of the inhabitants...

Bridging the gap between research and schematic design phases in teaching architectural graduation projects

Available online 26 May 2019
Eman S. AboWardah

The architectural design studio course is generally considered the backbone of any architectural curriculum and follows a particular method of problem solving, which makes it a distinctive course. Graduation...

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