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Recent Frontiers of Architectural Research Articles

Recently published articles from Frontiers of Architectural Research.

User activities and the heterogeneity of urban space: The case of Dahiyat Al Hussein park

Available online 23 July 2020
Ahlam Ammar Sharif

Urban researchers have maintained a constant interest in the complexity and continuity of urban space usage. Some have applied actor–network theory (ANT) to investigate the heterogeneity of spaces and...

Exploring the spatial arrangement of patient rooms for minimum nurse travel in hospital nursing units in Korea

Available online 23 July 2020
Jisun Lee | Hyunsoo Lee | Mardelle McCuskey Shepley

With increasing demands on medical care services, one of the trends is the mixed patient room arrangement of single/double-bed and multi-bed rooms in a nursing unit on the same floor. This influences...

Design framework for robotic surgery wards at hospitals: Computational implementation

Available online 21 July 2020
Randa M.A. Mahmoud | Amr M.A. Youssef

Robotic surgery is one of the most recent technologies in healthcare building field. Due to the design complexity of Robotic surgery wards, computational implementations are being developed to either...

Investigating the urban–rural integrated town development strategy on the basis of the study of rural forms in Nantong, China

Available online 18 July 2020
Cheng Ma | Ying Jiang | Kang Qi

Urban–rural integrated development is the priority task of China due to the wide development gap between cities and villages caused by the most rapid economic growth in history. In the province–city–town–village...

Importance and performance of streetscapes at a tourism destination in Indonesia: The residents’ perspectives

Available online 8 July 2020
Marly Valenti Patandianan | Hiroyuki Shibusawa

The present study examined the importance and performance of streetscapes at a tourism destination in Makassar, Indonesia, from the residents’ perspectives using the importance–performance analysis...

Analyzing capacity of a consumer-grade infrared camera in South Africa for cost-effective aerial inspection of building envelopes

Available online 4 July 2020
Naadir Vorajee | Asit Kumar Mishra | Amit Kumar Mishra

Prohibitive equipment cost and certain export regulations are the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of infrared (IR) thermography when evaluating building envelopes. In this work, we propose...

From “planning in section” to “semi-duplex”: The New Humanism and the alternate-corridor technique

Available online 4 July 2020
Alejandro Pérez-Duarte Fernández | José Manuel Falcón Meraz

Most of the pretending innovative modern housing projects show a common element that can be perceived when looking at the cross-section, evidencing the use of alternate corridors, which was recognized...

Neighborhood, community and consumption: Study on the socio-spatial structure during two boosting epochs in Shanghai

June 2020
Xiang Zhou | Yanbo Li | Yuning Cheng

The modernization of Shanghai has experienced two boosting periods. The first appeared in the 1930s, when it formed the civil society of Shanghai and initially facilitated the trade port into an international...

Improving outdoor air quality based on building morphology: Numerical investigation

June 2020
Asmaa Mohammed Hassan | Ashraf Abdel Fatah El Mokadem | Naglaa Ali Megahed | Osama Mahmoud Abo Eleinen

Due to rapid urbanization around the world, high concentrations of vehicular pollutants have deteriorated the outdoor air quality, which can affect the physical and psychological well-being of humans....

Improved indoor environment through optimised ventilator and furniture positioning: A case of slum rehabilitation housing, Mumbai, India

June 2020
Ahana Sarkar | Ronita Bardhan

This study optimized the ventilator and furniture location of a tenement unit in a low-income urban habitat to obtain maximum experiential indoor environmental quality (e-IEQ) over the breathing zone....

Striking elements – A lifebelt or a fad? Searching for an effective way of adapting abandoned churches

June 2020
Agnieszka Faustyna Szuta | Jakub Szczepański

Are avant-garde elements added to historical objects as a temporary fashion to fulfill the aspirations of designers or an attempt to draw attention to themselves? It may be the exact opposite, and this...

Architectural quality of the productive façades integrating photovoltaic and vertical farming systems: Survey among experts in Singapore

June 2020
Abel Tablada | Vesna Kosorić | Huajing Huang | Stephen S.Y. Lau | Veronika Shabunko

Buildings could play a critical role in energy and food production while making high-density cities more resilient. Productive façades (PFs), as flexible and multi-functional systems integrating photovoltaic...

Computational design in architecture: Defining parametric, generative, and algorithmic design

June 2020
Inês Caetano | Luís Santos | António Leitão

Computation-based approaches in design have emerged in the last decades and rapidly became popular among architects and other designers. Design professionals and researchers adopted different terminologies...

Multifaceted perspective on North American urban development

June 2020
Mohamad Kashef | Mervat El-Shafie

This study offers a multifaceted perspective on the history and theory of North American urban development. It extends a framework that deconstructs the complex urban evolution process into the three...

Bioinspired architectural design based on structural topology optimization

June 2020
Vinicius Mizobuti | Luiz C.M. Vieira Junior

This paper aims to present a new approach for using structural topology optimization to evaluate and generate bioinspired architectural design. To investigate these possibilities, we present several...

Integrating algae building technology in the built environment: A cost and benefit perspective

June 2020
Nimish Biloria | Yashkumar Thakkar

Energy consumption rates have been rising globally at an escalating pace since the last three decades. The exploration of new renewable and clean sources of energy globally is thus gaining prime importance....

Development of creative problem solving-based framework for site planning in hill areas

June 2020
N. Kapoor | V.K. Bansal | M. Jain

The growing urbanization of hill towns results in an increasing demand for infrastructural facilities. Infrastructural facilities are generally planned without considering the effects of the surroundings...

Documentation and analysis of structural elements of traditional houses for conservation of cultural heritage in Siverek (Şanlıurfa, Turkey)

June 2020
Neslihan Dalkılıç | Adnan Nabikoğlu

This study deals with the architectural properties of traditional Siverek houses, which are important in the larger corpus of Southeastern Anatolian houses. The historical city center of Siverek has...

Shennan Road and the modernization of Shenzhen architecture

June 2020
Cong Sun | Charlie Q.L. Xue

Shenzhen exemplifies the rapid development of urban planning and construction in China. Over the last 40 years, many representative urban spaces and buildings have been built on Shennan Road, the city's...

A computational approach for achieving optimum daylight inside buildings through automated kinetic shading systems

June 2020
Sahba Samadi | Esmatullah Noorzai | Liliana O. Beltrán | Saman Abbasi

Parametric architecture can be used to improve design quality by integrating and coordinating design components, and any change in one parameter affects the final design. Daylight is a crucial parameter...

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

June 2020
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...

Heritage risk index: A multi-criteria decision-making tool to prioritize municipal historic preservation projects

June 2020
Jonathan Ruiz-Jaramillo | Carmen Muñoz-González | María Dolores Joyanes-Díaz | Eduardo Jiménez-Morales | José Manuel López-Osorio | Roberto Barrios-Pérez | Carlos Rosa-Jiménez

The current pressure on the built historical heritage requires a global evaluation to develop strategies for its preservation. A combined vision of the state of conservation of architectural heritage...

Wayfinding design in transportation architecture – are saliency models or designer visual attention a good predictor of passenger visual attention?

Available online 26 June 2020
Ran Xu | Haishan Xia | Mei Tian

In transportation architecture, wayfinding quality is a crucial factor for determining transfer efficiency and level of service. When developing architectural design concepts, designers often employ...

Defensible citadel: History and architectural character of the Lahore Railway Station

Available online 22 June 2020
Naubada Ali | Zhou Qi

This study aims to investigate the defensible character of the Lahore railway station built in response to “the war of independence in 1857,” which greatly impacted the location and design of the building....

Study of wind towers with different funnels attached to increase natural ventilation in an underground building

Available online 20 June 2020
C.A. Varela-Boydo | S.L. Moya | R. Watkins

Finding ways to cool buildings by natural, passive techniques is crucial in the context of global warming. For centuries, wind towers (traditional windcatchers) have been used in the Middle East for...

A GIS-based methodology for the appraisal of historical, architectural, and social values in historic urban cores

Available online 3 June 2020
Juan A. García-Esparza | Pablo Altaba Tena

Historic environments represent the evolution of materials and techniques that have been used for the construction these environments over the centuries. Entering into the study of this field entails...

Application of AHP and a mathematical index to estimate livability in tourist districts: The case of Al Qasba in Sharjah

Available online 17 May 2020
Emad Mushtaha | Imad Alsyouf | Luai Al Labadi | Rawan Hamad | Noor Khatib | Maitha Al Mutawa

Urban planners must ensure that urban public spaces are enjoyable to use to create a lively city that expresses their culture and traditions and welcomes social diversity. This study aims to develop...

Effect of urban transformation on the values of historic sites around mosques: Two cases in Manisa, Turkey

Available online 17 May 2020
Suna Büyükkılıç Koşun | Mine Hamamcıoğlu Turan

This study presents a framework for assessing the cultural asset values of historic sites around mosques. Case studies are selected from provinces of Manisa, Turkey, namely, Çarşı in Salihli with its...

Study on the inter-village space of a traditional village group in Huizhou Region: Hongguan Village group as an example

Available online 12 May 2020
Yifei Pei | Kai Gong | Jiawei Leng

Village groups are a common phenomenon in Huizhou Region, a historical region in eastern China where shared inter-village spaces play important roles in linking villages. This study analyzes the spatial...

Design response to rising sea levels in the Maldives: A study into aquatic architecture

Available online 11 May 2020
Ahdha Moosa | Khoa Do | Emil Jonescu

Climate change and rising sea levels present immediate threats to humanity. However, the global catastrophe fails to generate sufficient action. Subject to total submergence within 80 years, this study...

Teaching construction sciences with the integration of BIM to undergraduate architecture students

Available online 29 April 2020
Asli Agirbas

This study aims to test two hypotheses: teaching building information modeling (BIM) in relation to construction science provides students with a remarkable understanding of the nature of construction...

Game of capitals: Production of influential online architecture

Available online 20 April 2020
Xiaoxin Zhao

The grassroots can become an online influencer with the help of social media. Similarly, an online influencer mode is applicable in the architecture field. This study introduces the term “influential...

Perception of privacy in a university building: The transparency paradox

Available online 11 April 2020
Salomé A. Bentinck | Clarine J. van Oel | Machiel J. van Dorst

Informal face-to-face communication and chance encounters encourage knowledge sharing. This Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) examines how well a new building of a Dutch University Institute (DI) supported...

Fences of childhood: Challenging the meaning of playground boundaries in design

Available online 8 April 2020
Alkistis Pitsikali | Rosie Parnell

Scholars have criticized the capacity of playgrounds to support children's participation in public life. Fences of childhood, such as walls, fences, and enclosures, dominate children's “public” spatial...

Characteristics of the site selection and the layout of the Great Wall of the Ming dynasty from a military perspective: Xiaohekou section as an example

Available online 7 April 2020
Yang Shen | Qingshang Su | Tingli Jia | Xiaodi Zhou

As a great engineering work for the purpose of military defense in the time of Cold Weapon, the Great Wall's military function is of the most importance. This study takes the Xiaohekou section of the...

Determining transit nodes for potential transit-oriented development: Along the LRT corridor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Available online 5 April 2020
Eden Atsbeha Teklemariam | Zhongwei Shen

The aim of transit-oriented development (TOD) is to create a livable urban environment by improving the integration between land-use and transportation systems. The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa,...

Complexities of practicing architectural regionalism in India: An interview study

Available online 3 April 2020
Sanyam Bahga | Gaurav Raheja

This paper presents the results and analysis from an interview study conducted with practitioners of architectural regionalism in India. The interviews sought to gain in-depth understanding of the strategies,...

Neighborhood spaces in residential environments: Lessons for contemporary Indian context

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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...

Applying design science approach to architectural design development

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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

March 2020
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

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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

March 2020
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....

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

March 2020
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...

Heritage attributes of post-war housing in Amsterdam

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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...

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

March 2020
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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