Evolved Sustainable Building Engineering in Vernacular Architecture of Kurdistan

Keywords: Evolved Engineering, Green Solutions, Kurdistan, Sustainable Building, Vernacular Architecture


Vernacular Architecture in Kurdistan is a widely understudied subject. Whilst rapid development is taking place across the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the lack of a clear knowledge of local building traditions has led to the loss of locality and engineering adaptability of newly developed buildings. Advances in mass development in the Kurdistan region need to have clear signs of Kurdish cultural heritage alongside lasting and sustainable solutions. The study of mountain villages of rural Kurdistan will provide valuable information about sustainable building practices as well as cultural values in regional settlements. This in turn will be useful in finding more adoptable green choices in the region and identifying the characteristics of the evolved building engineering of these indigenous settlements. This paper will first describes the characteristics of the evolved engineering and sustainable adoptions of Kurdish historical building traditions through selected site visits to Kurdish vernacular settlements and then analyses the building customs of rural communities of Kurdistan for possible adoption in contemporary developments.


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Author Biography

Dilan M. Rostam, Department of Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University
Dilan M. Rostam (Roshani) is a lecturer at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Koya University since 2012. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering/Structural design using computer application from Chalmers University in Sweden. He also has a Ph.D. in  Civil /Structural Engineering using virtual collaborative design from University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Rostam has long industrial experience in e.Management and applied computer in design work with several published articles. Dr. Rostam's expertise include virtual collaboration and IT strategy in Higher Education, promoting student centered green, paperless university in an e-Smart academic community. As a lecturer Dr. Rostam laid the foundation for a new novel course module "Vernacular Architecture in Kurdistan" which is unique in the region exploring native building habits in Kurdistan. He was member of Executive Editorial of the first Kurdish Scientific eJournal ZANÍN published by Kurdish Scientists and MDs in United Kingdom (KMSF) as well as Aro the Scientific Journal of Koya University. (see TAP)


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How to Cite
Rostam, D. M. (2017) “Evolved Sustainable Building Engineering in Vernacular Architecture of Kurdistan”, ARO-THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF KOYA UNIVERSITY, 5(1), pp. 9-19. doi: 10.14500/aro.10148.