The ideology of “Local Architecture” was about the religious experience, social and
cultural interpretations non-awareness, and solutions for environmental and social problems.
This case aims at producing a compatible architecture for this society. The problem of the
paper deals with the absence of the local heritage in contemporary architecture. Most of our
buildings reflect western ideologies, and use the local vocabulary, as has happened in most
of the Arab architecture, that deals directly with a language of shapes to create compatibility
with the public. Hence, the aim of the paper is to link the variables that the contemporary
architecture formulated with concepts of local architecture. To meet such aims, the research
is pivot around two themes: Firstly, tackling how to extract the forces that lead to the
contemporariness of local heritage and formalize the DNA of any local community (Culture,
Community Aspiration, Climate, and Technology), as well as discussing some experience
that dealt with local architecture. Secondly, discussing some recent trials that learned from
the previous attempts through history. The attempts strongly re-activate the local architecture
in the contemporary challenges, namely, the use of heritage forms as is to conform to
environmental determinants, development of these forms using contemporary materials
through the visions of local architecture, and employing high-tech solutions to achieve
contemporary appropriateness within traditional ideologies. In the end, the paper presents
new ideas of the local architecture that learned from the previous experiences in our Arab
societies to meet the needs of today’s Arab societies.
Keywords: Traditional Heritage, Contemporariness, the DNA of Local Architecture.
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