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Traditional architecture to enhance occupants' well-being for a sustainable future in the Middle [East].

Fardous, Isra'a; Bennadji, Amar


Isra'a Fardous

Amar Bennadji


This is part of PhD research questions the pervasion of the Arabic Traditional Architecture (ATA) as visual and tangible architectonic features. The study considers the adaptation of traditional features to contemporary context using technology and innovation as a vehicle. We achieve that through the investigation of indoor space and the psychological and environmental qualities, focusing on building performance. These elements are recognized through a criteria to maintain sustainable environment without compromising the capability of future generation. The high growth of population in the Middle East (ME) since the 1970s has resulted in a huge demand in housing and infrastructure. This huge demand of dwellings didn't allow local builders and architects to respond. The shortage in responding builders was, therefore, filled by international construction expertise. This expertise, despite its technological capabilities, failed to respond to the physical and psychological well-being of local users, generating a long-lasting effect. The research will try to justify this hypothesis and identify ways to overcome it. In order to recognize the authenticity of the integration between environmental practices and cultural perceptual aspects, the study will focus on certain building-spaces as a unit of analysis in the ME. Spaces will be considered as a living thing, and humans are the managed system where they go in and out. The research will explore and investigate the influence of the architectural trend on building performance and occupants behavior. This parameter will be measured through the traditional features and modern techniques and their articulation with technology and innovation. An initial part of the methodology, will be presented through a conducted survey (qualitative and quantitative),to confirm the study methodology process.


FARDOUS, I.S. and BENNADJI, A. 2016. Traditional architecture to enhance occupants' well-being for a sustainable future in the Middle [East]. Presented at the 24th International Association of People-Environment Studies conference (IAPS24): the human being at home, work and leisure: sustainable use and development of indoor and outdoor spaces in late modern everyday life, 27 June - 1 July 2016, Lund, Sweden.

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name 24th International Association of People-Environment Studies conference (IAPS24)
Conference Location Lund, Sweden
Start Date Jun 27, 2016
End Date Jul 1, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2018
Keywords Middle East; Buildings; Architecture; Traditional features; Architectonic tradition; Arabic Traditional Architecture (ATA)
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