Sustainable Construction in Kurdish Vernacular Architecture

  • Rebaz Khoshnaw Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Műegyetem rkp. 3., H-1111 Budapest, Hungary


The Kurdistan region is currently undergoing rapid change and development in many ways. The economy is growing, and the population is increasing. Adopting a modern lifestyle is influencing individuals and social behavior. These factors are collectively affecting the architectural styles and construction techniques of the buildings. Abandoning the vernacular architecture has led to a loss of locality. This research outlines the characteristics and elements of Kurdish vernacular architecture in Erbil city and the villages in mountainous area; it then analyses them in terms of sustainability. A descriptive method is adopted to identify the sustainable aspects of traditional building techniques and designs. Finally, the paper concludes that with developed construction regulations, some of the designs and construction methods of traditional architecture, with the right management, can be adopted in modern buildings.

Keywords: Kurdistan architecture, vernacular materials, sustainable aspects, construction methods
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How to Cite
Khoshnaw, R. (2019) “Sustainable Construction in Kurdish Vernacular Architecture”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, 50(2), pp. 178-185.