Publications / 2014 Proceedings of the 31st ISARC, Sydney, Australia

Lessons Learnt from the Vernacular Architecture of Bedouins in Siwa Oasis, Egypt

R.M. Ahmed
Pages 910-917 (2014 Proceedings of the 31st ISARC, Sydney, Australia, ISBN 978-0-646-59711-9, ISSN 2413-5844)

In the last few decades, climatic changes have become very important issue to investigate when dealing with sustainable structures. This paper presents the challenges made by the Bedouin residence of Siwa oasis in Egypt through the case study of three vernacular buildings, in order to identify the best practice and the most appropriate systems for climatic responsive low-carbon buildings. This paper investigates thermal insulation, best utilisation of building with the local materials, passive cooling techniques, natural sun lighting, all with the concept of best utilization of the available resources. The paper is also provides lessons learnt from the environmentally friendly case study buildings in Siwa for education, training and employment of people in rural areas with enriched environments, thus, the outcome of the paper will be used to achieve a surplus for investment and innovation.

Keywords: Vernacular Architecture, Neo-vernacular Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Environmental social enterprises, Siwa oasis, Egypt