Traditional vs contemporary, vernacular, space production, responsive design, najdi, cultural heritage


Architecture | Business | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


Traditional and vernacular architecture have always been responsive and sensitive to spatially and functionally socio-cultural and environmental conditions. Spatial configuration of architectural elements served a purpose such as alleviate harsh environmental conditions, respect concept of privacy, and accommodates e sociocommunal activities. The evolving contemporary architecture has grown far from the traditional architecture leaving behind sensitive design solutions that enhanced the spatial and environmental experience. The aim of this paper is to learn from traditional vernacular spatial production, notably the Saudi Najd architecture, in order to enhance contemporary architectural practices and experience. The paper aims to discuss the use of innovative technologies inspired from traditional and vernacular spatial and functional practices in contemporary architecture interventions. The research will investigate: (1) Elements of the Najdi traditional vernacular architecture that improves the spatial and environmental conditions of the architectural space; (2) The use of SMART technologies and innovative design method such as parametric design, smart façade, and innovative construction materials to reinterpret vernacular architecture heritage elements and environmental approaches to provide a spatial environmental heritage rooted design solutions.



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