The theoretical and practical dimension of sustainability in architecture: Analytical study of a number of architectural projects

Oday Abbas Abood, Enas Salim Abdl Ahad, Nawal Abdul Amir Khamis

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In the challenges facing the world, contemporary architecture is oriented towards sustainability as a radical and comprehensive solution that reorients architecture and its currents on both sides of thought and practice. On the other hand, in the context of the technological architectural practice, there are a number of failures that raise many questions about sustainability and what it means and how to achieve it. In this context, this study aims to: Analyze the specificity of sustainable practice in architecture in its applied side compared to the theoretical aspect. According to the aim of this study, a number of procedural steps were outlined that identified general aspects of sustainability, theoretically & practically. First of them was analyzing a number of selected studies with sustainability in architecture and extracting the most important aspectsrelated to achieving sustainability as a theoretical framework. Through which to measure the achievement of sustainability or not, and then apply it on a number of architectural projects with a global classification of sustainability. To drive indicators and aspects resulting from application and to draw general and specific conclusions of the identification of aspects of sustainability in architectural practice, which emphasized the separation between practice and application, and the lack of inclusiveness of sustainable practice as compared to the theoretical frameworks of sustainability.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)012205
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
StatePublished - Mar 6 2020
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The project is based on a sustainable development under which KAUST has received the prestigious LEED Platinum Certificate from the US Green Building Council, the top five environmental awards for certification by the Council and the winner of the Top 10 Green BuildingAward 2010 from the American Institute of Architects.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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