International Journal of Architectural Research


Built Environment

Table Of Contents: Volume 13 Issue 2

Understanding built environment realities

Ashraf M. Salama

Following the successful transition of Archnet-IJAR to Emerald, the introduction of new process and editorial teams, and the production of the first issue last March…

The nature and extent of healthy architecture: the current state of progress

Louis Rice

The design of the built environment is a determinant of health. Accordingly, there is an increasing need for greater harmonization of the architectural profession and…

Environmental design research in Russian architecture

Konstantin Kiyanenko

The topics “environment,” “environmental design” and “environment and behavior studies” are important and promising in architectural discourse. The academic culture of the…

Ibn Khaldun’s ‘ilm al ‘umran: a model for planning the sustainable city in the Arab region

Ahmed O. El-Kholei

Sustainable development is an attempt to achieve three competing aims: economic development, social justice and environmental conservation. Localising sustainable…

The self-built city: theorizing urban design of informal settlements

Dorina Pojani

While a substantial amount of study of informal settlements has been undertaken, they remain largely unstudied in terms of urban form. In this analysis, the purpose of…

Slums and prosperity: a complex, dynamic pathway of intervention

Aisha Abubakar, Ombretta Romice, Ashraf M. Salama

Slums have existed as long as cities have and are a growing context in the developing world. The challenge is in their efficient, effective and inclusive management. The…

A grassroots research approach for branding urban districts

Celen Pasalar, George Dewey Hallowell

To produce effective urban district branding strategies, the factors impacting its unique characteristics and identity must be examined first. The purpose of this paper is…

Planning of sport and recreational facilities informed by interdisciplinary knowledge

Mikkel Hjort, W. Mike Martin, Jens Troelsen

The purpose of this paper is to develop a design strategy that investigates the systematic use of interdisciplinary knowledge through a transparent decision-making…

A design studio experience: impacts of social sustainability

Salih Ceylan, Murat Deniz Soygeniş

Sustainability, especially in terms of development and growth, has been in the agenda of the world community for several decades. However, apparently not all the aspects…

Active learning for the promotion of students’ creativity and critical thinking

Luca Sgambi, Lylian Kubiak, Noemi Basso, Elsa Garavaglia

The purpose of this paper is two-fold: first, it highlights the importance of the presence of active teaching experiences in architecture courses. Such experiences can…

Miniature as a way of representation in design studio: a case study

Senem Zeybekoglu, Hossein Sadri

Learning from traditional miniature painting and from recent studies on their modern and creative applications, the purpose of this paper is to identify the key…

Effects of primary school’s physical environment on children’s spatial perception and behavior

Ahmet Türel, Elmira Ayşe Gür

The relationship between the child and his/her physical environment is an area of interaction that includes social, psychological and cultural factors along with the…

Optimization of the shading efficiency in the urban spaces in hot arid climate regions

Wael A. Khudhayer, Awni K. Shaaban, Nur Sabahiah Abdul Sukor

The contemporary urban fabrics in hot climate regions have overextended urban spaces that face problems of high heat stress due to intense solar radiation and air…

De-commemoration of an urban street in Egypt: the case of Gameat-Aldowel-Alarabyia street

Mona A. Abdelwahab

The purpose of this paper is to explore the “event” of the construction of Naguib Mahfouz Square. Drawing on the memory of Gamaet-Aldowel-AlArabyia Street, it attempts to…



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