Analyzing the literature for the link between the conservative Islamic culture of Saudi Arabia and the design of sustainable housing
Al Surf, Muhammed, Susilawati, Connie, & Trigunarsyah, Bambang (2012) Analyzing the literature for the link between the conservative Islamic culture of Saudi Arabia and the design of sustainable housing. In Pour Rahimian, Farzad, Ibrahim, Rahinah, Goulding, Jack, & Ali, Abang Abdullah Abang (Eds.) Proceedings of 2nd International Conference Socio-Political and Technological Dimensions of Climate Change, University Putra Malaysia Press, Hotel Marriott Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 3-16.
Saudi Arabia experiences housing shortage for mid and low-income families, which is caused by rapid population growth. This condition is worsened by the fact that the current housing supply has problems in meeting both sustainable requirements and cultural needs of those families. This paper aims to investigate the link between the unique conservative Saudi culture and the design of sustainable housing, while keeping the housing cost affordable for mid and low-income families. The paper is based on a review of literatures on the issues of the Islamic culture and how can they be integrated into the design process of a Saudi house. Findings from literature reveiw suggest several design requirements for accommodating the conservative Saudi Culture in low cost sustainable houses. Such requirements include the implementation of proper usage of windows, and house orientation with a courtyard inside rather than facing the main street will provide natural ventilation while maintaining privacy. The main contribution to the body of knowledge is that this is a new approach to sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia considering not only energy use and architectural design issues but also socio-cultural issues as an essential part of sustainability.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Saudi Arabia, Islamic Culture, Saudi Culture, Sustainable Housing, Privacy|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Housing Research Centre, University Putra Malaysia|
|Deposited On:||02 Dec 2012 22:01|
|Last Modified:||08 Sep 2014 01:39|
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