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Title: Maltese architecture : a vernacular approach
Authors: Vella, Bernard (2006)
Keywords: Architecture -- Malta
Vernacular architecture -- Malta
Construction industry -- Malta
Architecture -- Human factors
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Vella, B. (2006). Maltese architecture : a vernacular approach (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Simply by analyzing the local housing situation, one would soon come to realize that there are many aspects to it that Jo not make sense. Domestic buildings do not respond to their context and they surely do not react to the climate. It is not a simple matter to determine the factors to which this problem can be attributed. There is a lack of awareness from direct stakeholders and also other parties who influence the construction industry. Dealing with such a matter is quite a complex task which cannot be solved directly, and effective results will only materialise through collective effort. The local housing situation has been through a lot of phases. One can find many examples throughout different periods of time during which Malta was influenced by foreign rule and the continuous development happening abroad. These fluctuations represented an opportunity through innovation in construction methods to provide new solutions for society's requirements. Such innovation coupled with the availability of new materials resulted in the fusion of ideas and traditions. By analyzing the local farmhouse, widely considered as a fine example of traditional vernacular architecture, a set of principles can be drawn up out of which a contemporary model type responding to today's needs can be developed. The analytical process has led to two main movements: the conservative and traditionalist approach and the more dynamic and creative approach. The latter resulted in being more adaptable to contemporary needs whilst also being more genuine in its very nature. In a world where energy resources are becoming scarce, the climatic factor has become of primary importance. The introduction of mechanical devices to moderate the micro climate meant that architects' traditional concerns with passive cooling and climatic responsive design decreased drastically. The energy crisis brought about new constraints and new conditions. Architects are once again called upon to provide innovative and environmental friendly solutions, while building users will have to start readapting themselves within such measures, even though this may sometimes necessitate some reductions in lifestyle. Having said this it is important to realize that the greatest effort to achieve such measurements should be directed at the average client type. Otherwise the ultimate results will not be generally effective.
Description: B.E.&A.(HONS)
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