Traditional Concepts and New Housing Design in Palestine

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Open House International, (The Architecture of Development) Vol. 28, no.3, pp.58- 67, 2003
Year of Publication: 
Eman M Amad
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, An-Najah N. University
Preferred Abstract (Original): 
This paper reports on a case study carried out in Nablus, one of the largest Palestinian cities. It investigates socio-cultural and environmental aspects of contemporary and traditional housing in the city. Current housing is evaluated by conducting an empirical investigation on a random sample of apartment buildings, distributed in different new neighborhoods of the city, while traditional housing is examined in the context of the old town of Nablus. Results revealed that traditional Palestinian architecture has succeeded in arriving at culturally and environmentally responsive design solutions that could be reintroduced in sustainable models for future developments in housing. Lessons could be learned from traditions to design environmentally friendly and culturally responsive housing, which will contribute to preserving the architectural heritage and strengthening the cultural identity of Palestine.