The concept of local smart housing toward socio-cultural sustainability of vernacular settlements for utilization in intelligent building design
GhaffarianHoseini, AmirHosein, Ibrahim, Rahinah and Baharuddin, Mohd Nasir (2010) The concept of local smart housing toward socio-cultural sustainability of vernacular settlements for utilization in intelligent building design. In: The forth world engineering congress 2010: WEC 2010, 2-5 Aug. 2010, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kampus Bintulu, Sarawak.
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The recent decades have witnessed the widespread manifestation of intelligent building design development around the world. Meanwhile, the concept of smart housing as one of the main issues of intelligent building design development has stimulated various architects and designers to make use of it for the sake of sustainable housing. However, this study represents a gap in smart housing design owing to the lack of a deep consideration on cultural values of users for ensuring the socio-cultural sustainability as one of the objectives of sustainable smart housing designs. Accordingly, the study puts forward the concept of local smart housing through utilization of appropriate vernacular architectural features and cultural values of vernacular settlements in smart housing design in order to reinforce the socio-cultural sustainability. Meanwhile, this study is limited to Malay context in order to identify the vernacular features of Malay vernacular settlement’s functional spaces for utilization in smart housing design to make them cultural responsive. Correspondingly, this study proposes the concept of local smart housing based on the incorporation of intelligent building design and utilization of vernacular features for enhancing the quality of life for users.
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