Exploring locally-produced design solutions for thermal comfort: a socio-technical assessment

Peker E.

Open House International, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/ohi-12-2021-0266
  • Title of Journal : Open House International
  • Keywords: Design solutions, Locally-produced, Socio-technical, Thermal comfort, Vernacular architecture


© 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited.Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of locally-produced architectural design solutions for the provision of thermal comfort in the vernacular settlements of Mardin, Turkey. Design/methodology/approach: With an aim of extracting clues of climate responsive design, the paper develops a socio-technical assessment methodology and presents a comparative inquiry between the vernacular and contemporary built environments of Mardin. Findings: Findings display that the capacity of vernacular architecture in providing a more climate responsive living environment than contemporary one is in fact correlated with the design of living spaces in harmony with the local climatic conditions as well as how inhabitants traditionally use and behave in designed space. Originality/value: The paper argues for a need for (re)conceptualization of thermal comfort within and through the production of housing, as well as by taking into account the ways in which end-users interact, adapt and sustain end-users' everyday life in accordance with the local climatic characteristics.