Author(s): M. Oktay & O. Dincyurek
In general, vernacular environments might be described as the settings which
occurred as the products of the socio-cultural, economic and especially local
characteristics of the particular region by and for the inhabitants of that region.
When these environments are considered, it is obvious that the main
considerations of the builders and/or the owners of them were to achieve
functionally proper and environmentally appropriate solutions for themselves.
this respect, the way of life, climate, topography, available material and existing
building technology might be described as the formative concerns of vernacular
environments in general and in Cyprus as well.
On the other hand, when housing developments today on the Island of Cyprus
and their problems are investigated, it might be easily perceived that most of
them fail to fit to the existing environmental conditions because of the lack of
consideration given to the ecosystem.
As time changes, the needs, requirements and especially the way of life
Therefore the need to transform and adapt houses, villages, cities etc to
the changing and developing conditions is inevitable.
performing these changes it is important to investigate the vernacular houses and
their settings, which were developed harmoniously with the ecosystem of a
particular region and act as sustainability indicators.
In brief, this study aims to investigate the particular vernacular houses and
settings of Cyprus, to find out the main characteristics of them in the manner of
responding to the environmental and cultural values.
We intend to list these
characteristics in order to provide a vision for future housing developments to
achieve environmentally sustainable developments in Cyprus.
vernacular, environmental values, sustainability, Cyprus.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ECO070151
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