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An Ethnographic Interpretation of the Hidden Thermal Pleasure in the Architectural Tradition of Desert Climate
Fatemeh Akrami, Mohammad Hossein Ayat allahi , Hossein Afrasiyabi
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Yazd University, Iran , hayatollahi@yazd.ac.ir
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The architectural tradition of desert climate has both visible and hidden lessons within itself. The creation of rich sensory spaces is one of the gifts that the architecture of this climate offers. A significant part of human sensory experiences in different spaces of desert architecture is formed by heat. Like other sensory stimuli, heat can contribute to the richness of human perception of space and create a quality in the form of pleasure besides temperature quantity. The concept of thermal pleasure is a quality that defines a satisfactory and positive human perception of thermal conditions in a given space. How thermal pleasure is formed in the context of traditional desert architecture and how its inhabitants perceive it is an understudied topic. Accordingly, the present study explores how thermal pleasure is formed in the architectural tradition of desert cities. With a qualitative methodology, this research has used an ethnographic method. Thus, to discover and understand how thermal pleasure is formed, the research explores the lived experiences of individuals in traditional desert architecture by using semi-structured interviews and direct observation. A comparison between the extracted codes and their analysis shows that the thermal differentiation between adjacent spaces results in a thermal enjoyment experience for individuals. When a person loses his temperature equilibrium due to the interaction between climate and space, facing a space that can bring him back thermal equilibrium state creates a thermal pleasure. The concept of thermal differentiation in the interaction between the three rings of humans and architecture and climate establishes a cohesion to understand the thermal pleasure. In the tradition of desert architecture, the creation of companion spaces with a distinct thermal distinction is a latent pattern that can guide future designs to enrich the thermal sensory.
 
Keywords: Traditional Architecture, Heat, Sensory Perception, Thermal Pleasure, Environmental Quality.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: معماری
Received: 2021/03/10 | Accepted: 2021/12/21 | Published: 2021/12/21
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Akrami F, Ayat allahi M H, Afrasiyabi H. An Ethnographic Interpretation of the Hidden Thermal Pleasure in the Architectural Tradition of Desert Climate. JHRE. 2021; 40 (175) :79-94
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