Applying environmentally responsive characteristics of vernacular architecture to sustainable housing in Vietnam

Ly, Phuong, Birkeland, Janis, & Demirbilek, Nur (2010) Applying environmentally responsive characteristics of vernacular architecture to sustainable housing in Vietnam. In Sustainable Architecture & Urban Development, CSAAR Press, Amman, Jordan, pp. 287-306.

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Over many centuries of settlement, Vietnamese inhabitants have developed a vernacular architecture that is well adapted to the region’s climatic and topographical conditions. Vernacular Vietnamese housing uses natural systems to create a built environment that integrates well with nature. The vernacular combines site-sensitive, passive solar design, natural materials and appropriate structure to achieve harmony among nature, humans and the built environment. Unfortunately, these unique features have not been applied in contemporary Vietnamese architecture, which displays energy-intensive materials and built forms. This research is analysing how environmentally-responsive elements of vernacular architecture could be applied to modern sustainable housing in Vietnam. Elements of many types of vernacular architecture throughout the country are reviewed as precedents for future building planning and design. The paper also looks at culturally and ecologically appropriate legislative and voluntary options for encouraging more sustainable housing.

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ID Code: 34367
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Vernacular Architecture, Environmentally Responsive Design, Sustainable Housing
ISBN: 97899575400306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2010 01:56
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:30

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