Special Issue "The Exploration of Sustainability in Traditional Rural Buildings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: biosystems engineering; buildings for agriculture, animal husbandry, protected crops, rural dwellings; analysis and modelling of biological systems in relation to rural buildings; classification, recovery and enhancement of traditional rural building heritage; survey, representation, analysis, modelling and planning of the rural territory
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World’s population is becoming increasingly urban. Migrations from rural areas to urban centres are mainly due to the concentration of industry expertise into big cities as well as goods and services supplied to urban people. These movements impact on both infrastructures and built areas as new viability, dwellings, and facilities are required in order to support larger populations. This condition, which makes cities highly populated at a level never observed before with a detriment of city life quality, led urban people to new uses of the countryside, alternative to the agricultural one according to the new principles of the multifunctional agriculture.
In this context, traditional rural buildings (TRBs) could be considered a relevant cultural, social and economic resource due to their potential to be converted for new functional destinations. On the one hand this potential could give renewed life to TRBs, on the other hand it may also create potential threats to the cultural and environmental characteristics of such kind of buildings. TRBs were built by using materials and construction techniques rooted in the territorial context where they are located, they constitute anthropic elements that could enhance landscape quality and, at the same time, they are a testimony of the socio-cultural and economic characteristics of the historical period when they were built. Their conservation, recovery and valorisation could help the preservation of local community identities and could improve territorial attractiveness. This issue is widely treated in the scientific community as well as among several international organizations that deal with the recovery and reuse of built vernacular heritage, such as ECOVAST and ICOMOS.
In order to assure a sustainable re-use of TRBs, it is necessary to develop widespread awareness of the intrinsic cultural values of TRBs, especially among local communities and visitors. People involved within programs which aim at divulgating TRBs’ cultural value could develop a sense of care for such buildings and this would constitute the basis for their preservation.
On this basis, the objective of this special issue is to explore the concept of sustainability in TRBs re-use. Authors are invited to submit original papers which will regard:
- studies on sustainable functional reutilization of TRBs without compromising their original characters with particular reference to building materials, building techniques and indoor functional distribution;
- sustainable planning of social, cultural and economic activities which could promote multifunctional use of TRBs and rural areas;
- local studies on the sustainable integration of TRBs with the physical, social, economic and cultural environment;
- development of methodologies, such as life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC), to determine environmental and economic costs of TRBs’ reuse;
- building of information modelling (BIM) methods to create frameworks for monitoring the maintenance of TRBs, with particular reference to reused ones;
- exploration of traditional building techniques applied for reusing TRBs in order to improve environmental sustainability.
Dr. Simona M. C. Porto
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- Vernacular heritage
- Old rural buildings
- Sustainable building materials and techniques
- Local traditions
- Sustainable planning of activities in rural area