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GBER Issue 9.2 March 2015
The trajectory of environmentally sustainable architecture in India.
Deepika Mathur

This paper examines the relationship of environmentally sustainable architecture and the nationalist discourse in India. It follows the changes that took place in Indian polity since Independence and demonstrates that the environmentally sustainable architecture ran parallel to it. It explores three periods of change in Indian nationalist history and discusses the environmental architecture in that period. Finally the paper discusses the new form of environmental architecture that emerged as a part of the post economic liberalization and its trajectory as a contrast to the initial environmental movement.


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From Static Space to Dynamic Architecture: The Changing Principles of Contemporary European Church Architecture.

Vilmos Katona


The issue of ressourcement has been fully re-evaluated thanks to the new liturgical guidelines of the third millennium. Instead of utopias, new architectural solutions have emerged which suit liturgy’s structure better, and depict a more understandable and realistic image of Christianity. This contemporary change has had an impact on large scale planning as well, especially where new city centres are formed as open and multifunctional meeting places for various communities. Most examples in Europe prove that the architectural framework of such religious orientation inevitably gives rise to new social platforms within urban environments.


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Strategic planning indicators: Towards mixed-use developments supporting urban regeneration

in Seoul.

Ju Hyun Lee, William D. Sher, Hyun Soo Lee, Michael Y. Mak, and Michael J. Ostwald.


Strategic Planning Indicators (SPIs) enable the development of strategic directions for and evaluations of mixed-use developments for urban regeneration. This paper develops a research framework consisting of a literature survey identifying raw planning indicators, a questionnaire survey of experts to identify consensual SPIs and a field survey for examining SPIs. Collectively, these extend our understanding of how SPIs can be formed empirically and explored formally. Using a series of analyses, we have generated 41 SPIs consisting of 21 quantitative and 20 qualitative indicators. The framework has wider implications, being suitable for adaption to other contexts and thereby promoting a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting such projects.


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Interdisciplinary Approaches and Collaboration in Architectural Education: Urban Creation

Workshops in Paris.

Sibel Polat


Recently, participatory urban planning process has become important in Turkey, and the value of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration has gradually increased. However, architectural education fails to support this process due to the inherent inability to use original and well-developed ideas produced in design studios. Thus, the aim of this research is to identify new ways to adopt interdisciplinary approaches to architectural education and to collaborate with related institutions in design studios to contribute to urban planning process in Bursa with creative solutions. To achieve this aim, a participatory method is used to observe two master’s project studios in architecture, one conducted with a series of urban creation workshops in Paris and one in Bursa and these studios were evaluated in terms of common benefits of interdisciplinary and collaborative design studios. Finally, a more interdisciplinary and collaborative architectural education model was developed to encourage learning outcomes and to support urban planning process in Bursa by means of the Paris case.


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Book Review



Emerging Landscapes

Between production and representation by Davide Deriu, ‎Krystallia Kamvasinou and Eugenie Shinkle


Reviewed by Seyedehsomayeh Taheri Moosavi


Emergence is one of the key aspects of our complex environment and implies the formation of a whole which has greater identity than the aggregation of its elements. The interaction between the fundamental elements makes emergence possible. Therefore, it does not only appear at the last stage but also eventually at the earlier stages. The mission of Emerging Landscape is to present the evolutionary process of complex landscapes from the materialized emergence to imaginational and symbolical emergence. These emerging points in the book are labelled production and representation respectively. Above all, this book advocates the use of media and new technologies, being either photography or advanced visual laboratories, across disciplines to investigate this evolutionary process in order to expand readers’ sensitivity in seeing everyday landscapes. 


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Conference Reports



The International Congress of Architectural Conference (ICAT 2014),Aberdeen, Scotland, UK,

November 6-8, 2014 

Tahar Kouider


The International Congress of Architectural Technology conference (ICAT 2014) was held at Robert Gordon University (School of Architecture and Built Environment), Aberdeen (UK) between 6th and 8th November 2014. The conference was chaired by Tahar Kouider (programme leader) with the support of academic and research staff of the Architectural Technology (AT) course team, in particular Dr Jonathan Scott (course leader) and Prof Richard Laing (research coordinator). The programme of the conference consisted of three events.


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The Pedagogy of Community Development and Engagement (The Higher Education Academy) York, UK.

March 27, 2014

David Wilson


The Pedagogy of Community Development and Engagement Conference occurred at the Higher Education Academy on Thursday the 27th of March. Approximately twenty academics attended the workshop from a wide range of Higher Educational Institutions.


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