Facial reconstruction

Search LJMU Research Online

Browse Repository | Browse E-Theses

Public Perception of Vernacular Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: The Case of Rawshan

Alelwani, R, Ahmad, MW and Rezgui, Y (2020) Public Perception of Vernacular Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: The Case of Rawshan. Buildings, 10 (9). ISSN 2075-5309

MW-Ahmad_Public Perception of Vernacular Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula The Case of Rawshan.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (3MB) | Preview


This research extends Hasan Fathy’s (1986) principle of vernacular architecture by focusing on the Rawshan through an investigation of two criteria: aesthetics and energy efficiency. The paper discusses the views of both the Saudi public and key decision-makers on reviving vernacular architecture in the context of Saudi Arabia’s rapidly developing economy, characterized by relatively high rates of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. This research explores (a) the interaction in domestic buildings of Saudi occupants with their windows, and how these are perceived as an interface with the external environment; (b) awareness and knowledge of the use of shading elements (such as Rawshans) to reduce the use of artificial lighting while maintaining indoor privacy; (c) Saudi awareness of, and familiarity with, the Rawshan as a vernacular element and a secular architectural tradition; and (d) Saudi views on the revival of traditional architectural elements with a focus on the Rawshan. An online survey (n = 812) was conducted across Saudi Arabia complemented by interviews with expert decision-makers (n = 23) to (a) assess criteria such as privacy, aesthetics, daylight, ventilation, and energy consumption in Saudi residences and (b) investigate the level of acceptance of an optimized retrofitted Rawshan design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1201 Architecture, 1202 Building, 1203 Design Practice and Management
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 11:14
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:34
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/buildings10090151
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13777
View Item View Item