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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1249; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041249

Urban Sustainability through Public Architecture

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School of Architecture, Soongsil University, Seoul 156743, Korea
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Department of Architecture, Mokpo National University, Jeollanam-do 58554, Korea
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Received: 9 February 2018 / Revised: 29 March 2018 / Accepted: 8 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Built Environment)
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As the sustainability of contemporary cities has gained emphasis, interest in architecture has increased, due to its social and public responsibility. Since sustainability is linked to public values, research on sustainable public spaces is an important way to secure sustainability in cities. Based on this, we analyzed the sustainability of European cities by examining the design methods of public architecture according to the region. The aim of the study is to derive architectural methodology corresponding to local characteristics, and to suggest issues to consider in public architecture design to promote urban sustainability based on this. First, regarding the environmental aspect, it can be observed that there is an effort to secure sustainability. Second, in terms of social sustainability, historical value remains as a trace of architectural place, so that it continues in people’s memory. In addition, public architecture provides public places where citizens can gather and enjoy programs, while the architectural methods showed differences influenced by cultural conditions. Third, in economic sustainability, it was shown that energy saving was achieved through cost reduction through recycling of materials, facilities, or environmental factors. In conclusion, the issues to be considered in public architectural design are the voiding of urban space through architectural devices in the construction method. In other words, the intention is to form “ground” that attempts to be part of the city, and thereby create better places. Since skin and material have a deep relationship with the environment, they should have the durability and an outer skin that are suitable for the regional environment. Finally, sustainability is to be utilized through the influx of programs that meet local and environmental characteristics. Design research into public architecture that is oriented towards urban sustainability will be a task to be carried out by the present generation for the millennial generation. View Full-Text
Keywords: elements of sustainable public space; environmental sustainability; social sustainability; economic sustainability; northern region; middle region; southern region; method of voiding the ground; durable skin with the materials; flexible use of the program elements of sustainable public space; environmental sustainability; social sustainability; economic sustainability; northern region; middle region; southern region; method of voiding the ground; durable skin with the materials; flexible use of the program
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