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Affordable housing design with application of vernacular architecture in Kish Island, Iran

Ali Afshar (Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Wa'el Alaghbari (Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Sana'a University, Sana'a, Yemen)
Elias Salleh (Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Azizah Salim (Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 2 March 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

Kish Island is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in Iran and it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourism investment. Many people have recently migrated to the island. Thus, one of the housing policies for the island is to maximize the efficiency of residential lands, particularly in providing affordable housing for low‐income people. The purpose of this study is to develop social, economical and architectural solutions for affordable housing design and overcome related problems using adapted vernacular solutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology of this study involved identifying the research problem, followed by formatting the research framework, reviewing the comprehensive literature and documenting the concepts of affordable housing and vernacular architecture. Therefore, an affordable house design methodology was used to develop vernacular architecture to minimize cost and environmental impacts, while maximizing the social acceptability in housing projects for low‐income earners in Kish Island. Section A in Mir Mohanna, which is the most important residential centre for the low‐income people, was used as the study area in this research.

Findings

The results of this study clarified that the houses in Section A in Mir Mohanna did not meet the criteria of affordable housing and people's needs. Hence, some suggestions for affordable housing would certainly contribute towards formulating all these, including housing policy to be implemented on Kish Island.

Originality/value

The current paper was an attempt to find strategies for guiding the appropriate process of developing affordable housing on the basis of vernacular architecture for the country and other similar places. It is hoped that the recommendations might increase more regulated housing development and housing policies on Kish Island.

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Citation

Afshar, A., Alaghbari, W., Salleh, E. and Salim, A. (2012), "Affordable housing design with application of vernacular architecture in Kish Island, Iran", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 89-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538271211206680

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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