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Recent Frontiers of Architectural Research Articles

Recently published articles from Frontiers of Architectural Research.

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,...

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

Available online 26 July 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...

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....

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

Available online 11 July 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

Available online 6 July 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...

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...

Statics of space syntax: Analysis of daylighting

Available online 21 June 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...

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...

Increasing efficiency of atriums in hot, arid zones

Available online 4 June 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

Available online 1 June 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...

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...

Users as co-designers: Visual–spatial experiences at Whitworth Art Gallery

Available online 25 May 2019
Ahlam Ammar Sharif

The importance of building users in the architectural field has been increasingly acknowledged in architectural research. Some studies have applied actor-network theory (ANT) to highlight the ways through...

Sustainable regional development through knowledge networks: Review of case studies

Available online 25 May 2019
Abdol Aziz Shahraki

This study focuses on the importance of knowledge management in the process of development. The goal is to build a regional knowledge network for regional sustainable improvement. The method used in...

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

Available online 25 May 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

Available online 18 May 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

Available online 17 May 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

Available online 2 May 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...

Art and technology interactions in Islamic and Christian context: Historical approach to architectural globalization

March 2019
Maziar Asefi | Safa Salkhi Khasraghi | Ana Pereira Roders

Efficient interaction between art and technology enabled Islamic architecture to actively experience early globalization, but today׳s separation between these domains and technological hegemony have...

Effect of building interface form on thermal comfort in gymnasiums in hot and humid climates

March 2019
Xiaodan Huang | Xiaoli Ma | Qingyuan Zhang

The thermal environment and thermal comfort of a building are greatly affected by the design of the building interface form. Most contemporary architectural designs consider only the relations between...

Potential strategies offered by animals to implement in buildings׳ energy performance: Theory and practice

March 2019
César Martín-Gómez | Amaia Zuazua-Ros | Javier Bermejo-Busto | Enrique Baquero | Rafael Miranda | Cristina Sanz

The strategies for thermal regulation and environmental control found in nature are countless. In this article, a parallelism between animals and building energy systems is defined in order to identify...

Medieval mausoleums of Kazakhstan: Genesis, architectural features, major centres

March 2019
Eskander Baitenov | Ainagul Tuyakayeva | Gulnara Abdrassilova

This article details the origin and development of one of the core groups of the Central Asian (Kazakhstani) medieval architecture – i.e. domed mausoleums; also it identifies the original traits of...

City in transition: Podgorica, Europe׳s youngest capital city

March 2019
Emina Zejnilović | Erna Husukić

Podgorica, known as the “city under the mountain,” rests at the intersection of five rivers and is Europe׳s youngest capital. Over a 2000-year-long history, Podgorica has experienced turbulence. The...

From file to factory: Innovative design solutions for multi-storey timber buildings applied to project Zembla in Kalmar, Sweden

March 2019
Alex Kaiser | Magnus Larsson | Ulf Arne Girhammar

A “file-to-factory” process of computer technology is a way to both maximise efficiency throughout the building process, increase a building׳s performance, and be able to add interesting architectural...

A copy is (not a simple) copy: Role of urban landmarks in branding Seoul as a global city

March 2019
Jieheerah Yun

This paper examines the role of urban landmark design in Seoul, after the structural adjustment in the late 1990s, in branding Seoul׳s image as a global city. The topic of urban branding through the...

Effects of urbanization on historical heritage buildings in Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, India

March 2019
K. Kiruthiga | K. Thirumaran

Urbanization is a common and inevitable occurrence everywhere. While growth and expansion are beneficial for many people and businesses, there is a potential for loss of historical areas that are the...

Comparative study of the factors affecting the generativity of office spaces

March 2019
Maziar Asefi | Farzin Haghparast | Elaheh Sharifi

This study investigated the categories of generative and conservative offices by using syntactic theories and conducting a comparative analysis of two different layout configurations. Generativity depends...

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

Available online 8 February 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...

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

Available online 8 February 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...

Critical perspective of design collaboration: A review

December 2018
Danfulani Babangida Idi | Khairul Anwar Mohamed Khaidzir

This study reviews the issue of collaboration with respect to the manner by which it has become increasingly important in promoting a contemporary design approach. Moreover, the study aims to critically...

An account of critical regionalism in diverse building types in postcolonial Indian architecture

December 2018
Sanyam Bahga | Gaurav Raheja

Critical regionalism is an architectural concept that seeks to balance local needs and capabilities with the progressive lessons of modernisation. Critical regionalism has been an influential architectural...

Territorial behaviors and integration between buildings and city in urban public spaces of Iran׳s metropolises

December 2018
Mansour Yeganeh | Mansoreh Kamalizadeh

This paper studies the relationship between citizens׳ territorial behaviors and the levels and criteria of "integration of buildings and city in urban public spaces"(IBCUPS). The hypothesis of this...

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