Towards New Agendas for New Media: Architectural Innovations

6 Dec

Nowadays, media and news are highly intertwined with the widespread agendas. Indeed, the agenda directs the flow of the news and restricts the content based upon its boundaries. Looking at architectural news, issue of sustainability is deemed to be the most stimulating topic for news writing, media developments, etc.

Nowadays, media represents many attempts towards informing people, stimulating them and advertising different aspects of green design such as sustainable design of architecture, sustainable products, sustainable materials, and even sustainable lifestyle.

A green design, a sustainable home, and many many similar themes have become the main agenda for national and international medias, conferences and forums with regards to the field of architecture and built environment.

Agendas for today and tomorrow:

Designing buildings from discarded materials: a new sustainable design…. Read more

Plastic bottle houses as another sustainable approach in architecture… Read more

What do you think about these buildings?

Vernacular Architecture as Smart Sustainable Built Environments

Various studies have been carried out and many are ongoing to focus on the vernacular architecture of different regions. This remarkable source of research in the field of vernacular architecture in recent years represents the interest of architectures, scholars and researchers in this specific field. Many studies tried to identify the essence of vernacular architecture as the pioneers in the field of vernacular architecture like Amos Rapoport and Paul Oliver. Respectively, many of them expressed that identifying the essence of vernacular architecture is based on understanding their sustainable values.

The phrase vernacular is derived from the Latin root vernaculus which means native. Paul Oliver who is one of the pioneers in the field of vernacular architecture denoted that the vernacular architecture is “the common speech of building”.

Additionally,  Frank Lloyd Wright defined vernacular architecture as “ Folk building growing in response to actual needs, fitted into environment by people who knew no better than to fit them with native feeling”.

Referring to these issues, the sustainable thinking as a new agenda for communities may need to scrutinize our architectural heritage encompassing vernacular houses.

With view to the sustainable concerns towards architectural developments, according to a study by Kroner (1997), it is highlighted that:

The primary purpose of architecture – defined as the built environment of cities, including infrastructures, buildings, spaces and places – is to support and celebrate human activities. Except as a purely artistic pursuit, the basis for architecture to exist at all is to serve and preserve human values and human rights; to respond to human needs; to protect and shelter; to support, provoke, and promote human growth; and to do this in ways and means which free rather than enslave people.

Egg-Shaped Habitat in China

With view to the sustainable agendas for future, an architecture student in China has designed and constructed an egg-shaped habitat to be located in small court yard in Beijing. The house is entirely intertwined with sustainable concepts and green design techniques. Using natural sources of energy in this small building represents the possibility of the application of these strategies in mass construction and architectural developments.

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