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Post-earthquake Earth House Won World Building of the Year 2017 at World Architecture Festival

 Photo credit: World Architecture Festival 2017 An anti-seismic earth house in Guangming Village, Yunnan built by Professor Edward Ng (PLEA President) and his One University One Village (1U1V) team at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been awarded … Continue reading

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PLEA 2018@Hong Kong

PLEA 2018 Conference – Call for abstracts now! More information: http://www.plea2018.org

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PLEA 2017 Final Proceedings are now available!

Three volumes of PLEA 2017 Final Proceedings are now available at Conference Proceedings.

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Overheating and health risks in refugee shelters: assessment and relative importance of design parameters

There are now more than four million refugees living in camps around the world. The majority of such camps are within inhospitable environments, often with extreme climates. This paper focuses on the thermal conditions of shelters in the Azraq refugee camp (Jordan), … Continue reading

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A Novel Methodology to Assess Mean Radiant Temperature in Complex Outdoor Spaces

The increasing complexity of modern architectural geometries emphasizes the need for more accurate simplified calculations of comfort analysis in architectural design. Such computations often require to solve complicated equations, among which the calculation of Mean Radiant Temperature (MRT) is notable. … Continue reading

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Is Exterior Glare Problematic? Investigation on Visual Discomfort Caused by Reflected Sunlight on Specular Building Facades

Highly reflective and specular building envelopes have been widely adopted to help maximize energy performance of buildings and to achieve occupant thermal and visual comfort. This strategy has ensured these benefits inside the building envelope while making a significant and … Continue reading

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Crisis Architecture: Colonising unfinished residential structures

This paper tackles the environmental and social challenges that have emerged in the aftermath of the recent economic crisis. The acute recession that has dramatically struck Europe has had devastating consequences, not only for national economies but also for the population. In … Continue reading

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Migrant Centre and Primary School in Lampedusa (IT)

The island of Lampedusa has been the main gateway to Europe for thousands of African and Middle-East migrants seeking asylum. Current national and international policies have aimed to deal with this phenomenon by containing the refugees in detention centres that are separated from … Continue reading

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Passive Town Kurobe Model – A sustainable community project in Kurobe

Passive Town Kurobe Model is conceptualised to be a sustainable community project in Kurobe City, Japan with a population of about 42000, and home to several international industries. This housing complex with 36 units will be rented to the employees’ families and other … Continue reading

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Changes in Culture and Architecture from Vernacular to Modern: M.P., India

India is known for its rich cultural heritage. The culture plays an important role in defining the architecture of a place or people with time. Madhya Pradesh is one of the states of India. The objective of the paper is … Continue reading

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