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1. Modernity in tradition: Reflections on building design and technology in the Asian vernacular

March 2015
Mamun Rashid | Dilshad Rahat Ara

Vernacular buildings across the globe provide instructive examples of sustainable solutions to building problems. Yet, these solutions are assumed to be inapplicable to modern buildings. Despite some...

2. Using passive cooling strategies to improve thermal performance and reduce energy consumption of residential buildings in U.A.E. buildings

June 2014
Hanan M. Taleb

Passive design responds to local climate and site conditions in order to maximise the comfort and health of building users while minimising energy use. The key to designing a passive building is to...

3. Tree-inspired dendriforms and fractal-like branching structures in architecture: A brief historical overview

September 2014
Iasef Md Rian | Mario Sassone

The shapes of trees are complex and fractal-like, and they have a set of physical, mechanical and biological functions. The relation between them always draws attention of human beings throughout history...

4. Evolution of Islamic geometric patterns

June 2013
Yahya Abdullahi | Mohamed Rashid Bin Embi

This research demonstrates the suitability of applying Islamic geometrical patterns (IGPs) to architectural elements in terms of time scale accuracy and style matching. To this end, a detailed survey...

5. Healthy campus by open space design: Approaches and guidelines

December 2014
Stephen Siu Yu Lau | Zhonghua Gou | Yajing Liu

This paper examines the architectural and landscape design strategies and intentions for green, open spaces facilities targeting stress alleviation for learning environments such as those of university...

6. Geometric proportions: The underlying structure of design process for Islamic geometric patterns

December 2012
Loai M. Dabbour

This paper discusses geometric proportions which serve as a design tool, especially for Islamic pattern design. The key role of geometry in Islamic patterns is discussed with relation to proportions...

7. Passive cooling techniques through reflective and radiative roofs in tropical houses in Southeast Asia: A literature review

September 2014
Karam M. Al-Obaidi | Mazran Ismail | Abdul Malek Abdul Rahman

Cooling is one of the major concerns in building tropical houses. This problem is exacerbated by the heat gain of the roof, which constitutes 70% of the total heat gain. The passive cooling technique...

8. Mosque layout design: An analytical study of mosque layouts in the early Ottoman period

December 2013
Faris Ali Mustafa | Ahmad Sanusi Hassan

This study attempts to quantify the influence of spatial configuration on the functional efficiency of mosque layouts in the early Ottoman period. The literature review consists of two parts. The first...

9. Privacy, modesty, hospitality, and the design of Muslim homes: A literature review

March 2015
Zulkeplee Othman | Rosemary Aird | Laurie Buys

Traditional Islamic teachings and traditions involve guidelines that have direct applications in the domestic sphere. The principles of privacy, modesty, and hospitality are central to these guidelines;...

10. A brief analysis of spatial constitution and functional organization of museum architecture: A case study on museums in Hefei

September 2013
Zao Li | Qiong Wei | Hao He

Cultural architecture, specially, museum architecture, is of significant social value and importance for the improvement of city image, and for the optimization of people's living environment. Consequently,...

11. Breathing architecture: Conceptual architectural design based on the investigation into the natural ventilation of buildings

June 2015
Anastasia D. Stavridou

This study explores architectural design by examining air, fluid mechanics, and the natural ventilation of buildings. In this context, this research introduces a new way of dealing with the process...

12. Using nature in architecture: Building a living house with mycelium and trees

September 2017
Thomas Vallas | Luc Courard

This study proposed the development of a house with the following characteristics: grows, builds, and repairs itself; changes with the seasons; uses the forces of nature and is in harmony with its environment;...

13. Therapeutic landscapes and healing gardens: A review of Chinese literature in relation to the studies in western countries

June 2014
Shan Jiang

The paper deciphers the Chinese literature to English speaking scholars and bridges the gap between China and the western countries on the topics of therapeutic landscapes and healing gardens. Three...

14. Daily variation of urban heat island effect and its correlations to urban greenery: A case study of Adelaide

December 2017
Ali Soltani | Ehsan Sharifi

Urban structure and landscape cause an artificial temperature increase in cities, known as the urban heat island effect. The magnitude of such urban–rural temperature difference varies in daily and...

15. The Adaptive Solar Facade: From concept to prototypes

June 2016
Zoltan Nagy | Bratislav Svetozarevic | Prageeth Jayathissa | Moritz Begle | Johannes Hofer | Gearoid Lydon | Anja Willmann | Arno Schlueter

The Adaptive Solar Facade (ASF) is a modular, highly integrated dynamic building facade.The energetic behavior as well as the architectural expression of the facade can be controlled with high spatio-temporal...

16. Traditional courtyard houses as a model for sustainable design: A case study on BWhs mesoclimate of Iran

September 2017
Farzaneh Soflaei | Mehdi Shokouhian | Amir Soflaei

Manifestations of sustainable design require renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, and connect people with the natural environment. This article is aimed to investigate the concept...

17. Designing for change: The poetic potential of responsive architecture

June 2015
Mark Meagher

The integration of responsive components in architecture offers the potential to enhance the experience of the building by giving expression to fleeting, changeable aspects of the environment. Responsive...

18. 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...

19. Spatial analysis of various multiplex cinema types

March 2016
Young-Seo Park | Sungil Ham

This study identifies the spatial characteristics and relationships of each used space according to the multiplex type. In this study, multiplexes are classified according to screen rooms and circulation...

20. Javanese vernacular architecture and environmental synchronization based on the regional diversity of Joglo and Limasan

September 2018
Noor Cholis Idham

Joglo and Limasan are traditional Javanese architecture structures and the most preferred vernacular dwellings in Java. These houses spread to other areas through Central Java and the Yogyakarta Province...

21. Traditional manufacturing of clay brick used in the historical buildings of Diyarbakir (Turkey)

September 2017
Neslihan Dalkılıç | Adnan Nabikoğlu

Clay brick is the most common construction material used in the historical buildings of Diyarbakır (Turkey). Many clay brick manufacturing workshops and numerous brick masters have emerged. Diyarbakir...

22. Appropriate teaching and learning strategies for the architectural design process in pedagogic design studios

June 2017
Ashraf M. Soliman

The national qualification framework of a country requires a certain level of knowledge and complexity of skills for an academic degree to be recognized. For architectural programs, student workload...

23. Museum architecture as spatial storytelling of historical time: Manifesting a primary example of Jewish space in Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum

December 2017
Fangqing Lu

Museums commonly adopt storytelling in their interpretive framework by use of audiovisual techniques to convey the meanings contained within artifacts. In addition to audiovisual mediation, this study...

24. 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...

25. Problems and solutions in the protection of historical urban areas

March 2012
Jinghui Wang

Historical urban areas are the memory of a city, and the overall landscape they constitute displays the typical scene of a city in a certain historical period. Thus, they are of value for protection....

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