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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2040;

The impact of Lighting on Vandalism in Hot Climates: The Case of the Abu Shagara Vandalised Corridor in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Department of Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, UAE
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Received: 17 September 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 7 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - ZEMCH 2016)


This study mainly discusses how the immature behaviour of a part of the society, resulting in vandalism, affects the building aesthetics and design features in the districts of the city of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Initially explaining the term “vandalism” in itself, this study goes on to debate on the reasons behind vandalism, its different types, and its effects on the environment. Throughout the discussion, studies of the relationship between vandalism and reflectivity are examined, considering how the characteristics and features of the buildings affect vandalism. Three methodology tools were used: a questionnaire, an Integrated Environmental Solution Virtual Environment (IESVE) software program, and illuminance measurements. Simulation scenarios of the current situation of Abu Shagara were performed, which took into account several options with respect to wall material, flooring material, and types of lighting. All in all, ten simulation cases were conducted and compared, which allowed the identification of the best simulation scenario. The type of lighting had a greater impact on the simulation scenario results than the type of wall and flooring materials. The type of lighting varied as per its polar grid and light distribution. View Full-Text
Keywords: vandalism; lighting; outdoor design; illuminance; IESVE simulation; UAE vandalism; lighting; outdoor design; illuminance; IESVE simulation; UAE

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Mushtaha, E.; Ayssar Nahlé, R.; Bin Saifan, M.; Altan, H. The impact of Lighting on Vandalism in Hot Climates: The Case of the Abu Shagara Vandalised Corridor in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2040.

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