Investigating the Sustainability of a Vernacular Village

By Elmira Jamei, Leila Mahmoudi Farahani and Bahareh Motamed.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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As an attractive product of society, vernacular architecture is an expression of cultural beliefs, geographical conditions and available materials, which inevitably reflects on its territory and context. The vastness of countries such as Iran, with different climatic zones, has contributed to valuable and logical design solutions via vernacular architecture, and its vernacular heritage, with self-efficient local materials and climate responsive design, is a manifestation of sustainability. This paper enumerates the principles and methods of vernacular architectural design used in a historical village in central Iran named Abyaneh in an attempt to address how sustainability has been achieved through vernacular design in this region. The paper also explores how physically sustainable urban settlements can lead to socially sustainable environments and viable communities. There are many lessons to be learned from the vernacular architecture of traditional villages, like Abyaneh, that have been shaped organically, over several centuries. Through investigation of vernacular strategies, we need to find economically viable and context-responsive design solutions in the contemporary architectural designs being made today. As such, this study is founded upon the systematic review of existing literature, site observation and field studies.

Keywords: Vernacular Architecture, Sustainability

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 5, Issue 3-4, April 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 31, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 917.481KB)).

Elmira Jamei

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Leila Mahmoudi Farahani

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Bahareh Motamed

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia