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A blend of traditional visual symbols in BIPV application: any prospects?

Awuku, Samuel Amo; Bennadji, Amar; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Sellami, Nazmi


Amar Bennadji

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Nazmi Sellami


Traditional visual symbols are of great relevance, especially within the architectural space. Buildings may adopt symbols to depict culture, iconicity or identity. The quest to meet sustainable building targets and avert the looming effects of climate change has brought about renewable options such as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), which is the use of solar PVs to replace conventional building materials such that they form part of the building envelope. This paper discusses the nexus between traditional visual symbols and BIPV application. A hypothetical question is posed; will incorporating visual symbols in BIPV design influence its adoption? Although a detailed evidence-based result is not produced in this paper, architectural visualisation is used to depict the outlook of traditional Ghanaian symbols in BIPV application, while further studies is being conducted into the prospects of these symbols in BIPVs design using Traditional Ghanaian 'Adinkra' symbols as case study.


AWUKU, S.A., BENNADJI, A., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F. and SELLAMI, N. 2021. A blend of traditional visual symbols in BIPV application: any prospects? Academia letters [online], article 4029. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 16, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 16, 2021
Publication Date Nov 30, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2022
Journal Academia Letters
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Article Number 4029
Keywords Symbols; Culture; Iconicity; Identity; Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); Visual symbols; Ghana
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