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Towards contemporary Islamic housing in Tripoli : valuing the past, and creating a sustainable future

Abudib, H. E. H

Titre : Towards contemporary Islamic housing in Tripoli : valuing the past, and creating a sustainable future

Auteur : Abudib, H. E. H

Université de soutenance : University of Strathclyde

Grade : M.Res. 2001

Résumé

During the last few decades, Libya has experienced a rapid economic growth and associated increase in population due to the discovery of oil. This growth has led to increasing the implementation of contemporary housing projects mainly in the form of Western models. Being a complete copy of Western forms, the new residential projects have failed to meet the social, religious and cultural needs of its occupants. This research argues that residential projects should respond directly to the social, religious and cultural requirements of its residences, and therefore should be rooted in the socio-cultural values of the inhabitants, rather than being a wholesale transplantation of foreign models. With an increasing awareness of the negative affect that modern cities cause to our environment, this research argues that traditional Islamic cities provide valid lessons for creating contemporary, sustainable residential developments if properly understood and correctly implemented. This research does not in any way suggest the form derived from traditional Islamic cities is the only possible sustainable image. Nevertheless, it demonstrates that a form based on Islamic principles, social and cultural values of the people in Tripoli, is one possible form that can lead to a sustainable residential development, and gain the full satisfaction of the occupant. The key question I am addressing is how to create contemporary Islamic housing in Tripoli in a way that values the past and generates better sustainable future. In answering this question the research is aiming towards reaching a set of recommendations based on key principles, which can be developed in the future into design guidelines

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