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The effect of installed photovoltaic panels on the aesthetic perception and evaluation of the mosque architectural form in Jordan

Anwar Ibrahim (Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan)
Hikmat H. Ali (Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan)
Wala'a Alqarra (Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 28 September 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to evaluate the effect of the installed photovoltaic (PV) systems on the aesthetic perception of the mosque’s architectural form. It also aims to develop a framework for integrating PV cells with the various elements of the building type.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a mixed-method approach comprising both qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection procedures. This includes surveys, literature review, focus groups and an experiment.

Findings

The results revealed a negative impact of the building-applied PV panels on people’s perception of the mosque’s architectural form. However, integrating the PV cells with the mosque form was perceived as more aesthetically pleasing. Certain integrating PV strategies integrated more harmoniously with certain mosque styles.

Research limitations/implications

This study is focused on limited styles of one building type. Extra research is needed to explore the differences between the different participated groups.

Originality/value

There is a lack of research that explores the ways the installed PV systems impact the users’ architectural aesthetic perception of the mosque. This study informs the design process and practice and construction industry by highlighting the opportunities PV systems, as a legitimate sustainable energy resource, offers to architects and manufacturers.

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Citation

Ibrahim, A., Ali, H.H. and Alqarra, W. (2020), "The effect of installed photovoltaic panels on the aesthetic perception and evaluation of the mosque architectural form in Jordan", Open House International, Vol. 45 No. 4, pp. 449-463. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-07-2020-0085

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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