Green architecture for sustainability development in Algeria: limitations and visions

Ibrahim Kaddour, Tarek Teba

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Sustainability development aims to promote cities that can respond to different climatic, social, and economic challenges. In the discipline of architecture and urban design, green architecture is one of the key aims that sustainability development aspires to achieve by bringing frameworks that support the architecture profession and architects in developing environmentally friendly buildings and cities that meet the triple bottom line of sustainability development (economic, social, and environmental pillars).

Algeria is a North African Mediterranean country that covers different climatic zones. There have been different attempts to develop green architecture practices. However, these attempts have not contributed yet to a holistic solution that feed into the architecture and urban design professions in this regard and there is no framework that can manage the development of green architecture practices in the country. Therefore, this article explores the question of why environmental assessment methods are essential to promote the green architectural practices in the country’s different climatic zones.

This is done through discussing the sustainability development pillars and critically analysing and evaluating previous sustainability development approaches in Algeria, reflecting by doing so on their positive and negative attributes and highlighting the limitations they have. In addition, these limitations are used to develop the discussion around the sufficiency of an environmental assessment method in responding to these shortcomes. Also, analysing relevant precedence (Environmental Assessment methods) highlights critical gap in current assessment methods and informs the construction an opening statement to the importance of geographically, environmentally, and socially routed assessment methods to develop the culture of green architecture in the country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Change and Environmental Sustainability (CCES) - The Challenge of Climate Change
EditorsBao-Jie He, Deo Prasad, Gloria Pignatta, Joni Jupesta
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783031120152
ISBN (Print)9783031120145
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


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