Learned Lessons and Design Implementations towards Sustainable Architecture

Submission opens on Scholar One (do not submit before this date): 8th October 2021

Submission date: 31st December 2021

Guest editor

Dr. Jin-Ho Park, Inha University, Korea

Email: [email protected]   

Overview of special issue

Distinctive characteristics of sustainable architecture appear in different countries and regions, relying on climatic conditions, cultures and traditions, all of which shape idiosyncratic architectural designs towards sustainability. As this notion is deeply rooted in the environment, culture and custom of a society and has developed to adapt to surrounding nature, its significance in the aspects of culture and human civilisation cannot be overemphasised. In the past few decades, sustainable architecture has been promoted to reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings by employing numerous design methods, energy efficiencies, materials and waste managements and to make architecture more sustainable.  

Sustainability is an integral topic of contemporary architectural discourse. The theme of sustainable architecture involves a symbiotic relationship among nature, society, and the built environment. This topic continues to emerge as long as there are humans on Earth.  This special issue will make a significant contribution to the field and will mix the positive effects where interactive relationships between nature and architecture, research and design practice, traditional and contemporary architecture, etc. can bring. 

Some of possible topics include  

1. Design approaches, strategies and principles in different climates and regions 

Adaptive strategies and principles that reduce the negative environmental impact: novel sustainable passive strategies; vertical village and landscape; local and regional sustainable characters; spatial characteristics with regard to structure, internal space layouts, opening elements and façade systems, site planning and community space, etc. 

Analyses and interpretations with case studies: different building typologies in different regions and climates; traditional building analysis; sustainable building practices with regional and cultural traditions; spatial and environmental control of the inner space with daylighting, prevailing winds and natural ventilations; sustainable features of vernacular architecture in different regions across the world including  shading devices and eco-friendly façade, circulating systems, porticos, loggias, veranda, courtyards and roof systems, etc. 

Indigenous traditional knowledge for sustainable architecture: traditional values and opportunities on green buildings; novel strategies from the traditional architecture; local and regional sustainable characters; examples of sustainable landscape architecture; values of traditional knowledge in practicing sustainable architecture and landscape, etc. 

2. Technological lessons learned from the tradition 

Bioclimatic and passive designs: biodiversity; greenery; vertical village and landscape; green network; natural characteristics and landscape; green alleys and sky gardens; building orientation and cross-ventilation, etc.  

Technical Issues: traditional passive heating and ventilating control systems for reduced energy use; rainwater recycling and natural self-purification; passive cooling and heating; air quality and ventilation of buildings; passive solar orientation and designing the external shading and building envelope; construction methods and materials; recyclable materials, etc. 

3. New and innovative concepts and insights for building implementations 

Lessons from the analytic research: Improvement strategies related to particular approaches; examinations of contemporary green building design using the analytic framework; findings and analytic studies from the field survey; vernacular heritage to sustainable architecture, etc. 

Implementation of traditional sustainable strategies: Interpretation, adaptation and modification lessons; contemporary applications of traditional design and methods; sustainable building practices; values of resiliency planning and sustainable design; benefits of the implementation of sustainable buildings; analysis of the role and effectiveness of passive strategies, tec.  

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