Aspects of sustainable architecture

An Islamic perspective

Hailane Salam, Nik Lukman Nik Ibrahim

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Abstract

This paper argues for a much broader role of Green Building by emphasising the relevance of spiritual aspect to its practice values. It focuses on a worldview that is grounded in Islamic intellectual tradition that promotes a holistic vision of sustainability with three major aims. Firstly, it is to present a critical evaluation of the secular view of current Green Building practice that relies on rating systems as a measurement of value. Secondly, this paper seeks to highlight the fact that the spiritual aspect is absolutely essential, which seems to be the underlying quality that is missing in today's society. We have lost the spiritual understanding of nature that has been embedded in our tradition, particularly in the traditional Malay architecture. Lastly, it is to provide an alternative worldview by learning from the tradition that holds the most promise for sustainability. It connects revelations that contain a spiritual message for humans with its symbolic cosmology with all orders of formal reality. For this reason, instead of merely emphasising the physical aspect of the built form, we could ensure the best environmental practices by expanding the Green Building to include the important role of spirituality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-11
Number of pages10
JournalAlam Cipta
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Islamic spirituality
  • Sustainable
  • Traditional Malay architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Urban Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Aspects of sustainable architecture : An Islamic perspective. / Salam, Hailane; Nik Ibrahim, Nik Lukman.

In: Alam Cipta, Vol. 11, No. 2, 01.01.2018, p. 2-11.

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