ArchNet-IJAR is an interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal of architecture, planning, and built environment studies. The journal aims at establishing a bridge between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, and urban planning and built environment studies.
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Nine contributions are selected to open our new round of discourse and research. Chitrakar, Baker, and Guaralda (2017) discuss emerging challenges in the management of public spaces in urban neighbourhoods in Kathmandu, Nepal. On the same topic but in a commercial setting in South-West Nigeria Agboola, Rasidi and Said (2017) analyse the influence of open space utilisation on residents’ attachment taking the case of rural market square. Utilising a case study of LEED-certified low-income multifamily housing Behbehani and Prokopy (2017) explores the appropriation of built heritage and pro-environmental behaviours.
Two articles place emphasis on exploring traditions and the vernacular. Diasana Putra, Lozanovska and Fuller (2017) develop and validate a methodology to assess the transformation of traditional houses in Bali. Yet, Jaiyeoba, Asojo, and Amole (2017) examine the Yoruba vernacular as a paradigm for low income housing addressing the context of Ogbere, Ibadan, Nigeria. In a very different context, Faggion and Furlan (2017) interrogate the embedded cultural meanings of the houses of Italian migrants in Brisbane, Australia.
Lesley J. McIntyre and Ian Ruaraidh Harrison (2017) base their work on the imperative that the built environment influences the wellbeing of older people in care homes. Their work presents an analysis of the outcomes of ethnographic observations of five urban care homes in the UK. Developing the case that designing for enablement, physical activity, and social connectivity, their findings offer lessons relevant to five significant qualities of the built environment: Spatial Legibility, Spatial Interconnectedness, Spatial Traversability, Spatial Diversity, and Spatial Aesthetics.
Aiming to create a composite social sustainability index for India that contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of social sustainable development Sudha, Chakraborty, and Misra (2017) investigate the four facets of urban sustainability: social, economic, environmental and institutional, in an integrated manner while testing the composite index in the context of Odisha, in Eastern India. The outcome of this examination reveals that education is fundamental to improving the social sustainability and that urban policies should focus on the critical zones of education, health and access to basic services. Last but not least Khan and Loke (2017) provide a framework within which augmented reality can be examined in the context of the participatory spatial design context.
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