Impact of Human Activities and Behavioural Patterns on the Shape, Organisation and Meaning of the Built Environment

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

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FET-Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: building information modeling; cloud computing; heritage; renewable and sustainable energy
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FET-Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Interests: architecture; design; building information modelling; energy
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Dear Colleagues,

The built environment as seen today is the product of a long evolution and a concrete expression of a unique combination between sociocultural patterns, physical conditions and the economic systems of resources, as well as the elaboration of these resources. Some of these factors are determinants in giving shape and meaning to the built environment, while others are only modifiers. The identify of a ‘place’ is generated from a complex interaction between the physical environment, social systems, behaviours and interactions, as well as economic systems. The examination of the built environment in terms of activities and behavioural patterns helps to undertand the shape and meaning of places. Cultures have different values, leading to unwritten rules, reflected in the selective enforcement of physical devices to reach the desired need. This has far-reaching consequences upon the shape, structure and space organisation of the built environment.

Prof. Dr. Lamine Mahdjoubi
Dr. Shadan Dwairi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Place
  • Behavioural patterns
  • Culture
  • Sociocultural patterns
  • Meaning
  • Spatial organisation

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Aesthetical Appeal and Dissemination of Architectural Heritage Photographs in Instagram
Buildings 2020, 10(12), 225; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120225 - 03 Dec 2020
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Image-based social networks are environments where users share their photographs and involuntarily contribute to evolve and to spread the meaning of things. For this reason, it is essential to use this source of information to determine how people perceive cultural heritage, specifically building [...] Read more.
Image-based social networks are environments where users share their photographs and involuntarily contribute to evolve and to spread the meaning of things. For this reason, it is essential to use this source of information to determine how people perceive cultural heritage, specifically building heritage. These interactive spaces have a visual component that is essential to understand users’ perception of heritage architecture and that may also influence the dissemination of images. This research aims to describe the social concept of architectural heritage on Instagram and to explore whether the aesthetic appeal resources influence its dissemination. Images indexed to the hashtag #patrimonioarquitectonico (Spanish language version of #architecturalheritage) were collected for the period of three months (n = 180 images). A graphical and observational analysis was performed on categories of four variables of aesthetical appeal: human dimension, color, linear perspective and aesthetical quality. Subsequently, descriptive, cross-tabulation and variance analyses were applied. The findings have proven that regular users share a fairly heterogeneous vision of building types concerning architectural heritage, and that there are stakeholder accounts that could be altering their meaning due to strategies to protect residential areas. The paper describes how the aesthetic appeal variables add meaning to the social perception of the building heritage and which ones statistically influence its dissemination in terms of likes and engagement on Instagram. Full article
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