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Sustainable architectural design: towards climate change mitigation

Milan Sijakovic (TTArchitects, London, UK)
Ana Peric (Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland) (Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)


ISSN: 2631-6862

Article publication date: 26 August 2020

Issue publication date: 23 June 2021




Excessive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) undoubtedly lead to climate change, which directly affects both the natural and the built environment. Observing the impact of climate change on the construction industry, this paper examines sustainable architectural design as a tool to mitigate climate change.


To achieve the previous goal, the authors conduct a comprehensive documentary analysis of three types of sources: (1) scholarly articles in the fields of climate research, sustainable construction, green buildings and sustainable architecture; (2) contemporary global reports on climate change and its impact on the built environment and (3) practitioners' guides explaining practical architectural solutions to the climate crisis.


The systematic analysis provides three types of results: objectives, strategies and principles of sustainable architectural design aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. On the one hand, the research results provide a solid basis for further conceptual research into architectural design responsive to the effects of changing climate. On the other hand, the detailed strategies and principles are relevant for urban designers and architects.


Among a range of literature in the field of climate change and its effects on the built environment, a particular value of the paper is in addressing a very local level, i.e. the level of individual building and its immediate surroundings. More specifically, this paper provides concrete design components that help reduce CO2 emissions, finally decreasing the vulnerability index of urban systems.



Sijakovic, M. and Peric, A. (2021), "Sustainable architectural design: towards climate change mitigation", Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 385-400.



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