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Recent Frontiers of Architectural Research Articles

Recently published articles from Frontiers of Architectural Research.

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’)...

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

Available online 23 May 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

Available online 20 May 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)

Available online 20 May 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...

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...

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

Available online 17 May 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

Available online 17 May 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

Available online 11 May 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

Available online 10 May 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

Available online 6 May 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...

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...

Making Bibelot: Casting material research within cultural frameworks

Available online 2 May 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...

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...

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

Available online 22 February 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...

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...

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

Available online 7 February 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....

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...

Challenging the assumption about a direct relationship between historic preservation and architecture in the United States

December 2018
Jeremy C. Wells

A close relationship is assumed to exist between historic preservation and architectural practice. This study explores the nature of this relationship by using evidence from scholarly literature, the...

Reflection of cultural practices on syntactical values: An introduction to the application of space syntax to vernacular Malay architecture

December 2018
Nayeem Asif | Nangkula Utaberta | Azmal Bin Sabil | Sumarni Ismail

This study introduces the basic concepts and terminologies regarding space syntax research through a simple spatial configuration. The concepts are elaborated for intricate configurations. This study...

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...

The ‘Urban Elements’ method for teaching parametric urban design to professionals

December 2018
Aurel von Richthofen | Katja Knecht | Yufan Miao | Reinhard König

The article proposes a method for teaching advanced urban design to working professionals in Singapore. The article aims to expand the discourse on parametric urban design education by introducing ‘Urban...

Scenario-based design: New applications in metamorphic architecture

December 2018
Buthayna Eilouti

Architectural design targets mainly humans, the lives of whom are dynamic and continuously changing. Consequently, the conventional design methodologies that deal with buildings as static entities do...

Preliminary investigation of late Mughal period wall paintings from historic monuments of Begumpura, Lahore

December 2018
Saima Gulzar | Jean-Pierre Burg

Deterioration of wall paintings caused by environmental pollution is a worldwide problem especially with reference to the present industrial era. The alarming incremental trend of pollution in Pakistan...

Emotional evaluation of lighting in university classrooms: A preliminary study

December 2018
Nuria Castilla | Carmen Llinares | Fabio Bisegna | Vicente Blanca-Giménez

In educational environments an improvement in the quality of interior lighting has a direct benefit in increasing productivity and alertness of students and teachers, as well as very important implications...

Recovery and reuse of abandoned buildings for student housing: A case study in Catania, Italy

December 2018
Stefano Cascone | Gaetano Sciuto

Over the past 15 years, housing supply for university students has increased significantly given the considerable attention provided by national institutions on the issue of student housing. In Italy,...

Spatio-visual experience of movement through the Yuyuan Garden: A computational analysis based on isovists and visibility graphs

December 2018
Rongrong Yu | Michael J. Ostwald

A traditional Chinese private garden (TCPG) is a historically important spatial type of garden that is well-known for its rich experiential properties. Although several theories have been used to explain...

A systematic assessment of architectural approaches for solving the housing problem in Iraq

December 2018
Omar Al-Hafith | Satish B.K. | Simon Bradbury | Pieter de Wilde

Iraq experiences housing shortage of around 1–1.5 million units with low production rate. Managing this challenge requires integrated efforts across a number of fields. One way forward is to develop...

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...

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,...

The application of building performance simulation in the writing of architectural history: Analysing climatic design in 1960s Israel

September 2018
Or Aleksandrowicz | Ardeshir Mahdavi

This article presents a methodology for the integration of building performance simulation (BPS) into the writing of architectural history. While BPS tools have been developed mainly for design purposes,...

Between city and home: Spaces of transition in London Postwar Housing

September 2018
Gerardo Semprebon | Wenjun Ma

In the period between the idealistic vision of the ׳Reshaping society׳ and Thatcherism, in the so-called ׳Swinging London׳, the second wave of modernism is facing the demands and the quantities of bombed...

Geometric spatial structure of traditional Tibetan settlements of Degger County, China: A case study of four villages

September 2018
Yingzi Zhang | Suolang Baimu | Jing Tong | Wenshuang Wang

This study investigates the characteristics of spatial elements and structure in a multi-cultural traditional settlement in Degger County, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan area of China. This study...

Best practices in managing, supervising, and assessing architectural graduation projects: A quantitative study

September 2018
Mohammed Ghonim | Nehad Eweda

Graduation project courses refer to the culmination of the learning experiences of higher education. These courses consolidate the disciplinary knowledge gained during architectural education while...

Toward sustainable development: Lessons from vernacular settlements of Sri Lanka

September 2018
Ranjith Dayaratne

From modern urban perspectives, indigenous housing practices are regarded as undeveloped, backward, and require improvements. They may be valid for measuring on the basis of standards alien to the communities....

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