Special Issue "Sustainable Architecture Design"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerospace, Vehicles, and Civil Engineering Design Automation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. César Martín-Gómez
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Department of Construction, Building Services and Structures, Universidad de Navarra, 31009, Pamplona, Spain
Interests: integration of building services and energy systems in architecture and urbanism
Prof. Dr. Amaia Zuazua-Ros
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Department of Construction, Building Services and Structures, University of Navarra, Pamplona, 31009, Spain
Interests: energy system integration in buildings; cooling systems design; ventilation; thermoelectricity; biomimicry; prototyping
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Dear Colleague,

Industry, university, and research centers can contribute solutions to problems regarding the responsible and sustainable design of architecture. These problems have to be solved from a multidisciplinary point of view, via the design of existing solutions of materials, elements and constructive systems, structures, and facilities.

In addition, the recent climate emergencies declared by the European Union and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) are promoting a change in the paradigms of sustainability in all its facets. This Special Issue focuses on bringing original research and literature reviews from different areas related to architecture, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and urbanism. Manuscript submissions in the areas mentioned as keywords below are highly encouraged.

Dr. César Martín-Gómez; Dr. Amaia Zuazua-Ros
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Advanced and sustainable building materials
  • Building operations and control systems
  • Building services integration
  • Design theory, methodology, and management
  • Electronics design
  • Energy systems design
  • Indoor air-quality services
  • Low-cost solutions
  • Mechanical design
  • Nature based-design
  • Net zero buildings
  • Unconnected buildings
  • Product design
  • Renewable energies integration
  • Water management

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A Unique Transdisciplinary Engineering-Based Integrated Approach for the Design of Temporary Refugee Housing Using Kano, HOQ/QFD, TRIZ, AD, ISM and DSM Tools
Designs 2021, 5(2), 31; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/designs5020031 - 10 May 2021
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The continued displacement of refugees from their homes and homelands (now greater than 50 million people worldwide) places increased focus and attention on evolving the designs of temporary housing that is available to be provided to the refugee population, especially in rural areas [...] Read more.
The continued displacement of refugees from their homes and homelands (now greater than 50 million people worldwide) places increased focus and attention on evolving the designs of temporary housing that is available to be provided to the refugee population, especially in rural areas where housing does not already exist and must be constructed in very little time. Complex engineering problems involving social issues, such as this case study, benefit from the use of Integrated Transdisciplinary (TD) Tools (ITDT) to effectively and efficiently address the design questions related to them. The integrated use of TD Tools such as Kano Analysis, KJ Diagrams, Critical to Quality (CTQ), House of Quality (HOQ)/Quality Function Design (QFD), Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), Axiomatic Design (AD), Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM), and Design Structure Matrix (DSM) through an end-to-end unique design process leads to innovation and elimination of design conflicts for especially complicated design problems. The objective of this study is to examine the design of temporary refugee housing using integrated TD tools mentioned above. This research concludes that the use of the ITDT approach provides an innovative, decoupled design. Full article
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Proposal for a Methodology for Sustainable Rehabilitation Strategies of the Existing Building Stock—The Ponte Gêa Neighborhood
Designs 2021, 5(2), 26; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/designs5020026 - 02 Apr 2021
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Having in mind the objectives of the United Nations Development Agenda 2030, which refers to the sustainable principles of a circular economy, it is urgent to improve the performance of the built environment. The existing buildings must be preserved and improved in order [...] Read more.
Having in mind the objectives of the United Nations Development Agenda 2030, which refers to the sustainable principles of a circular economy, it is urgent to improve the performance of the built environment. The existing buildings must be preserved and improved in order to reduce their environmental impact, in line with the need to revert climate change and reduce the occurrence of natural disasters. This work had as its main goal to identify and define a methodology for promoting the rehabilitation of buildings in the Ponte Gêa neighborhood, in the city of Beira, Mozambique, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, water efficiency, and construction and demolition waste management. The proposed methodology aims to create a decision support method for creating strategic measures to be implemented by considering the three specific domains—energy, water, and waste. This model allows for analyzing the expected improvement according to the action to be performed, exploring both individual and community solutions. It encompasses systems of standard supply that can reveal greater efficiency and profitability. Thus, the in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of urban space and buildings allows for establishing guidelines for the renovation process of the neighborhood. Full article
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