From vernacular to personalised and sustainable

Almerbati, N., Ford, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-9607-3292 and Dean, L., 2014. From vernacular to personalised and sustainable. In: F. Madeo and M.A. Schnabel, eds., Across: architectural research through to practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA). Sydney: Architectural Science Association, pp. 479-490. ISBN 9780992383510

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The social and environmental role of closed oriental balconies (Mashrabiyas) remains a significant vernacular aspect of Middle Eastern architecture. However, changes in architectural style, social needs, and the high manufacturing cost of Mashrabiya materials and techniques, Bahraini houses lost their very distinctive window veils. The research aims to validate a new Mashrabiya product for 21st century Bahraini houses using new manufacturing technologies. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is now at the heart of evolutionary technologies. Contextual information drawn from relevant theory, ethnography and practice is used to form a methodological framework for the new AM Mashrabiya. Additionally, interviews with architects, manufacturers and residents are the methods used to define a new AM Mashrabiya prototype that is then functionally and economically compared to other manufacturing techniques. Prototypes of new AM screens are developed. The main results set boundaries for the viability of AM to produce Mashrabiya and promote a sustainable way of reviving their use within Middle Eastern dwellings.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Almerbati, N., Ford, P. and Dean, L.
Publisher: Architectural Science Association
Place of Publication: Sydney
Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780992383510
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 13 Dec 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 15:12

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