Cultural and Climatic Analysis: The basis of formulating compatible living environments in Oman
Keywords:vernacular architecture, contemporary houses, socio-culture, climate
Vernacular architecture has been accepted as a product that has its roots both in culture and climate. This paper examines the architectural elements of Omani houses to outline the responses towards culture and climate by analysis of house samples and survey responses. The survey gathered data on the attitude and behavior of the inhabitants along with evidence of set point temperature, operating hours and thermal sensation. The results of the analysis on design parameters of vernacular and contemporary houses, and the current behavior and attitude of occupants, suggested the basis of formulating compatible living environments in Oman.
Keywords: vernacular architecture; contemporary houses; socio-culture; climate
eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.