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Title: DEFINING ECO �RESORTS : AN APPROPRIATION OF VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Authors: CHEONG WENHUI
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Florian Benjamin Schaetz
2010/2011 DTS
Eco‐resorts
Ecotourism
Environmentally sustainable design
Vernacular architecture
Issue Date: 19-Feb-2011
Citation: CHEONG WENHUI (2011-02-19). DEFINING ECO �RESORTS : AN APPROPRIATION OF VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: What sets an eco‐resort apart from an environmentally friendly resort? The heart of this dissertation lies with examining the definition of an eco‐resort, and how it should entail an appropriation of vernacular architecture with environmentally sustainable design. The discourse focuses on the phenomenon of resorts turning to vernacular architecture in a bid to reflect the local cultural context and providing the tropical experience. Rather than the superficiality of having vernacular forms, the paper would expound the importance of the role of vernacular architecture in harnessing locally available resources. On the other hand, the sustainable design behind the eco‐resort is provided by technological advances such as the use of solar panels. Passive designs in some of these eco‐resorts are often a result of happenstance and not fully explored on. Hence, the paper would be arguing for the need of integration between the potential of passive design in vernacular architecture and technological means. In the light of the research, the paper seeks to understand the ideologies of an eco‐resort and define it within the larger context of ecotourism. Where the latter strives to promote the conservation of biodiversity and respect local cultures, the development of an ‘eco‐resort’ may inevitably devastate the environment which it seeks to protect. Out of 109 countries where there are significant coral reefs ecosystems, over 90 of them are being damaged by sewage from developments1 ‐ the understanding of an environmentally sustainable design does not pertain to an eco‐resort per se, but includes that of the surrounding environment and ecosystems The dissertation would be examining the above in two case studies in Indonesia, of the offshore islands of Lombok and Bali. The first would show the disparateness between the appropriations of vernacularism with technological aspects of sustainable design whereas the second case study provides an example of its integration. Fundamentally, the case studies would underlay the importance and cultural awareness to the planning and design of ecoresorts, which might be adapted to architecture outside of the tropical region.
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