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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. 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...

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. 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;...

7. 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,...

8. 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...

9. 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...

10. 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...

11. 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...

12. 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...

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

December 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...

14. Towards more culturally inclusive domestic toilet facilities in Australia

September 2016
Zulkeplee Othman | Laurie Buys

The topics on toilets, defecation and perianal cleansing may be perceived as taboo subjects in daily discussions but are markedly important from health and hygienical perspectives. In multicultural...

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. 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....

17. 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...

18. 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...

19. 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;...

20. 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...

21. Parametric wind design

September 2018
Lenka Kormaníková | Henri Achten | Miloš Kopřiva | Stanislav Kmeť

Although gradual, the changes in the weather patterns are also noticeable and impactful to architectural design. If the local microclimate is taken into account early in the conceptual stage of design,...

22. 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...

23. Concept evolution in architectural design: an octonary framework

June 2018
Buthayna Eilouti

A framework that integrates the fragmented elements of concept derivation, processing, and translation is developed and discussed. This framework aims to consolidate the divergent components of design...

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. Symbiotic architecture: Redefinition of recycling design principles

March 2018
Milan Šijaković | Ana Perić

The study seeks to examine the possibility of implementing the biological concept of symbiosis into the field of architecture for redefining the design principles of architectural recycling. Through...

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