Fajr TawayhaUniversity of Minho · Centro do Território, Ambiente e Construção (C-TAC)
PhD of Architecture
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Citations since 2017
1 Research Item
September 2012 - present
Palestine Polytechnic University
September 2014 - November 2019
University of Minho
Field of study
- Sustainable Built Environment
The strongest point of vernacular architecture is the harmony between environment and buildings. Mediterranean vernacular architecture is harmonized with its local context, including culture and traditions. In addition, it respects environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, and morphology. In the past, people in Palestine built the...
The harmony between environment and buildings is the strongest point of vernacular architecture. In this context, the Mediterranean vernacular architecture is harmonized with its local context, including culture and traditions. In addition, it respects environmental and climatic factors, construction materials and morphology. In the past, people in...
Recently, environmental architecture and sustainable construction has been ranked on top of the world's interests. Making use of natural resources helps in reducing energy consumption and costs associated with the operation of buildings. The current architectural approaches and designs in Palestine are far away from environmental concepts, copying...
This study discusses the effect of religion on the design process. Every society has its own religion, culture, habits and traditions that control its progress, achievements and the behaviors of its people. The effect of religion, habits and traditions differs from one society to another; in some societies they take place in all life aspects while...
Architecture with optimized environmental performance and sustainable construction have been ranked on top of the world’s interests. To develop this concept and to improve it, it is necessary to learn from the past, especially in the Mediterranean basin countries, where a very rich background regarding sustainable cities are available. Palestine, as a country in the Mediterranean, also has a very rich background, but with a very poor reality. The current architectural condition is very poor regarding sustainable concepts, especially socio-cultural aspects. This type of concerns is almost ignored during the design process nowadays by all the parts of the design process, beginning with users, design teams, developers, municipalities, and local governments. This is different from the old process, which was wildly dependent on socio-cultural and religious values, besides the local environment and economic aspects. The main objects of this research in this context, is to clarify the importance of socio-cultural values as one of the three dimensions of sustainable design, investigating the vernacular strategies applied in the old city of Nablus, which is the case study of this research. As result, list of guidelines is developed as a reference for designers and stakeholders to enhance the sustainability of buildings in Palestine.