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Title: Environmental performance and sustainable architecture: A critical review in the context of Singapore public housing
Authors: CAM CHI NGUYEN
Keywords: sustainable architecture, environmental performance, socio-economics, housing, Integrated Framework, Architecture Sustainable Assessment Method
Issue Date: 19-Feb-2006
Source: CAM CHI NGUYEN (2006-02-19). Environmental performance and sustainable architecture: A critical review in the context of Singapore public housing. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This endeavour is to align 'sustainable architecture' with 'good architecture'. Taking the issues of multi-dimensionality of sustainable architecture as a field of enquiry, the thesis recognises the disintegrating and contesting phenomenon between different fields of knowledge in the practice of sustainable architecture. They include science (ecology and building), sociology and architecture, which are represented in three domains of environmental performance, socio-economics (including user behaviour) and architectural design. This discourse is even more significant in housing, as this building type is the best metaphor of the relationship between daily human activities and the environment. The endeavour is to look into the causes of the issue, and by doing so, to seek for a way to integrate possitively the approaches of all three domains into the Integrated Framework for Sustainable Housing Design and Discourse. Throughout the thesis, the two key themes of environmental performance and sustainable architecture are constantly reoccurred. Although environmental performance is seen as a constituent domain under sustainable architecture, by critically reviewing the practice of environmental performance, the definition of sustainable architecture are better understood. Reversely, in the attempt of constructing the Integrated Framework for sustainable housing (architecture), the roles and contributions of environmental performance domain are more appropriately defined. In this process, the thesis has engaged in the endeavour to understand the concept and practice of 'sustainable architecture' that is beyond technical and performance realms. Other dimensions include socio-economomics and the conventional architectural design approaches a?? i.e. spiritual, qualitative, contextual, holistic and innovative design. The thesis has reappraised and proven the above approaches to 'good architecture' as driving force to sustainable architecture.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/48915
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