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RURAL+: The plain, the beautiful, the sustainable in rural housing

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Burford



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2021.

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This paper explores the role of landscape aesthetics and sustainability in the development of new ruralhousing prototypes. Historically, rural building forms were largely influenced by immediately availablematerials, climate and specific use, resulting in regionally identifiable typologies. Changes in the way welive, proximity to place of work, and the relationship between home, community and land-use have resultedin rural domestic buildings losing specific regional distinctions. The aim of this research is to generate newspatial models of autarkic housing and alternative massing arrangements that respond to local landscapequalities, hybrid land-use, urban densities and local renewable energy production. The outcomes providesemi-quantifiable spatial development prototypes that integrate these requirements within holistic conceptualframeworks for rural sustainable living providing alternative approaches to addressing Scottishpolicy legislation and a primer for further research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Burford NK, Robertson C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Architectural Science Review

Year: 2021

Volume: 64

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 182-195

Online publication date: 31/12/2019

Acceptance date: 25/11/2019

Date deposited: 06/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0003-8628

ISSN (electronic): 1758-9622

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1704216


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