Integration of Saudi Arabias Conservative Islamic Culture in Sustainable Housing Design

Saied AI Surf, M, Susilawati, C and Trigunarsyah, B 2013, 'Integration of Saudi Arabias Conservative Islamic Culture in Sustainable Housing Design', in Stephen Kajewski, Karen Manley and Keith Hampson (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Triennial CIB World Building Congress (CIB 2013), Brisbane, Australia, 5-9 May 2013, pp. 1-13.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Integration of Saudi Arabias Conservative Islamic Culture in Sustainable Housing Design
Author(s) Saied AI Surf, M
Susilawati, C
Trigunarsyah, B
Year 2013
Conference name CIB 2013
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 5-9 May 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th Triennial CIB World Building Congress (CIB 2013)
Editor(s) Stephen Kajewski, Karen Manley and Keith Hampson
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Abstract The cities of Saudi Arabia have perhaps the largest growth rates of cities in the Middle East, such that it has become a cause in shortage of housing for mid and low-income families, as is the case in other developing countries. Even when housing is found, it is not sustainable nor is it providing the cultural needs of those families. The aim of this paper is to integrate the unique conservative Islamic Saudi culture into the design of sustainable housing. This paper is part of a preliminary study of an on-going PhD thesis, which utilises a semistructured interview of a panel of nine experts in collecting the data. The interviews consisted of ten questions ranging from general questions such as stating their expertise and work position to more specific question such as listing the critical success factors and/or barriers for applying sustainability to housing in Saudi Arabia. Since the participants were selected according to their experience, the answers to the interview questions were satisfactory where the generation of the survey questions for the second stage in the PhD thesis took place after analysing the participant's answers to the interview questions. This paper recommends design requirements for accommodating the conservative Islamic Saudi Culture in low cost sustainable houses. Such requirements include achieving privacy through the use of various types of traditional Saudi architectural elements, such as the method of decorative screening of windows, called Mashrabiya, and having an inner courtyard where the house looks inward rather than outward. Other requirements include educating firms on how to design sustainable housing, educating the public on the advantages of sustainable housing and implementing new laws that enforce the utilisation of sustainable methods to housing construction. This paper contributes towards the body of knowledge by proposing initial findings on how to integrate the conservative Islamic culture of Saudi Arabia into the design
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Islamic culture of Saudi Arabia
housing for Mid and Low-income Families
Sustainable Housing
Semi-Structured Interview
Saudi architectural elements
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