Investigating the indicators of Sustainable Architecture in Traditional Desert Houses – A Case Study of Gonabad, Iran
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 3, Issue 2-1, April 2015, Pages: 41-46
Received: Jan. 31, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 1, 2015; Published: Mar. 31, 2015
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Seyedeh Maryam Mojtabavi, Department of Architecture, Asrar Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, Iran
Mohammad Taghi Validad, Department of Architecture, Asrar Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, Iran
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Abstract
The traditional architecture of historic cities in Iran teaches us many lessons about the local architecture. For instance, the techniques used in designing the open spaces of desert cities are of significance considering the fact that they have made life possibility comfortable and sustainable for thousands of years despite the harsh and inconvenient conditions of these areas. In this article, we will discuss the principles of sustainable architecture and, also, assess the climatic factors in traditional houses of the desert town of Gonabad. The buildings were investigated with a comparative method using principles of sustainability. Using these experiences can be of usefulness in rebuilding residential areas. At the end, we concluded that traditional architecture, unlike modern buildings, has been very successful and we can benefit from applying their techniques to new designs because of their efficient use of climatic factors and natural resources.
Keywords
Sustainable Architecture, Traditional Buildings, Gonabad
To cite this article
Seyedeh Maryam Mojtabavi, Mohammad Taghi Validad, Investigating the indicators of Sustainable Architecture in Traditional Desert Houses – A Case Study of Gonabad, Iran, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Special Issue: Research and Practice in Architecture and Urban Studies in Developing Countries. Vol. 3, No. 2-1, 2015, pp. 41-46. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.s.2015030201.19
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