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Study on the visual performance of a vernacular dwelling in Egypt

Almaiyah, Sura, Elkadi, Hisham and Cook, Malcolm 2010, Study on the visual performance of a vernacular dwelling in Egypt, in FISC 2010 : Proceedings of the First International Conference on Sustainability and the Future : Future Intermediate Sustainable Cities : A Message to Future Generations, [FISC], [El-Sherouk City, Egypt], pp. 179-190.

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Title Study on the visual performance of a vernacular dwelling in Egypt
Author(s) Almaiyah, Sura
Elkadi, Hisham
Cook, Malcolm
Conference name International Conference on Sustainability and the Future (1st : 2010 : El-Sherouk City, Egypt)
Conference location El-Sherouk City, Egypt
Conference dates 23-25 Nov. 2010
Title of proceedings FISC 2010 : Proceedings of the First International Conference on Sustainability and the Future : Future Intermediate Sustainable Cities : A Message to Future Generations
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series International Conference on Sustainability and the Future
Start page 179
End page 190
Total pages 12
Publisher [FISC]
Place of publication [El-Sherouk City, Egypt]
Keyword(s) vernacular architecture
daylight
visual performance
sustainable-place making
place identity
Summary Vernacular dwelling buildings located in hot arid regions are well known for their sensitive architecture response to the region’s climatic conditions and the socio-cultural norms. The architectural value of these buildings is not only limited to their historical merit, but also to the human conscious adaptation to its context and the optimum utilisation of natural resources creating both a pleasant and a functional environment. The majority of these traditional dwellings are well recognised for their unique perforated fenestration system and courtyard arrangement that evolved to control the harsh solar, climatic conditions without compromising the quality of space and occupants’ wellbeing. However, the successful design of these features and solutions cannot be fully appreciated without understanding the nature of daylight and solar radiation in which these buildings are revealed. This paper investigates the impact of the characteristic of the dense narrow streets of medieval cities on the visual performance of a typical courtyard house in Cairo.The paper examines the daylight  behaviour of one of the well-known historic alleys and of a courtyard house in Cairo. The paper analyzes and measures the variability in the visual perception and comfort for a typical pedestrian street and the occupants of the house using a simulation modelling tool (Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) software). The paper gives an insight into the overall visual performance of the urban fabric that shapes of the microclimate, which is an important ingredient of the overall identity of the place.
ISBN 9789774900839
Language eng
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, FISC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033229

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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