A generative model for new houses based on the cultural traditions and sustainability
: a study on villages of rice fields in the north of Iran

  • Majid Yousefniapasha

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This thesis is somehow the story of my own passion to an incredible region where is the location of my home village. Working on rice fields with our parents,immigration to the mountain area during summer, having close interaction with the forest area, and playing in rural religious wooden buildings were favourable and memorable activities for children as well as me within this region. In these beautiful, mysterious, and symbolic traditional spaces and buildings, we had precious interaction with other children and specially environment.
Skilful local carpenters played the main role of what we call them today as architects. They used to work based on communal public taste and knowledge of construction, which fortunately is still alive in this region. I remember how enthusiastic we were after school when my brothers and I were helping the carpenters to construct our new house. Influenced by these memories, I decided to pursue my education to be an architect in university. I believe construction, and creativity in relation to culture and life are appealing aspects of architecture. During the university courses, I was intrigued by the important values of rural architecture and the strong relationships between rural culture and life of the region where I grew up. Despite the complexity of this rural inhabitant’s life,surprisingly simplicity is the main course of the rural architecture. Due to the lower financial sources comparing to the cities, rural people need to do the best out of the available resources that they obtain from their natural environment. For this reason, they understand the context more and there are obligations to make the intelligent decision out of it.
Nowadays lifestyle is unexpectedly transforming and simultaneously destroying vernacular architecture, local population do not know how to preserve their environment, and there is no appropriate methodology to deal with the new impact distinctively with new rural perception and outlook, and new form demands for houses. It has been my desire to find a solution for new houses within our region’s villages to be designed well suit to the original context, which the current ones have not provided yet. With my actively and persistently perusing these types of architectural issues, including conduction of researches and practices, I made up my mind to pursue my further study on this fascinating subject for Ph.D through a research and finished by writing up this thesis.
This thesis is composed of three distinct parts each of which is included of different chapters. This division is to help the reader to sensibly peruse the subject achieving better understand of the thesis. Some documents that their explanation would have broken the continuity of discussion or could help better understanding of a subject or support the discussion but not full relevant, have been added to the appendix. Some of words and concepts, which have been used many times within the research, have been defined within the section called ‘terms’ to make a common definition. Some local words refereeing to the name of some places and spaces, which there is no corresponding English word for them, are written in italic and in local language; however, they are defined and explained once they are mentioned.
Date of Award2016
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorCatherine Teeling (Supervisor), Timothy Goodhead (Supervisor) & Brett Martinson (Supervisor)

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