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The historic settlement: Reconciling conservation and environmental sustainability through design

Lu, Yi 2018. The historic settlement: Reconciling conservation and environmental sustainability through design. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Despite the comprehensive literature and guidance on the conservation of the historic settlement, little practice has put into the test of relevant guidelines for conservation in the context of sustainable regeneration of these settlements. In the literature revealed that differing emphases and directives between current conservation legislation and codes for sustainable buildings, it was found that each agenda also has a limited perspective, which could be bonded together in certain way in order to perform a well-balanced design practice without leaving any party behind. This study attempted to formulate and refine a design framework to guide designs within the historic settlement, embracing conservation, enhancement and environmental sustainability. The hypothetical design framework together with a point-based assessment tool is tested repeated through a series of hypothetical domestic design cases in a historical settlement to discover how different physical conditions influence building form and performance. A combination of methods including literature review, case studies and design studies has been applied. Having tested the context of creative designs within a typical historic settlement, the research demonstrates that a reconciliation could be restored among conservation, and sustainable design in order to face inevitable interventions in the future but that there are inevitably areas of design where some tensions emerge which require a holistic design approach.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic Settlement; Conservation; Environmental Sustainability; Design
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 March 2019
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2019 09:53

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