Building Code Challenging the Ethics Behind Adobe Architecture in North Cyprus

TitleBuilding Code Challenging the Ethics Behind Adobe Architecture in North Cyprus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHurol, Y, Yüceer, H, Şahali, Ö
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsADOBE , architectural , BUILDING , Cyprus , ethics , MASONRY , Northern , VERNACULAR
AbstractAdobe masonry is part of the vernacular architecture of Cyprus. Thus, it is possible to use this technology in a meaningful way on the island. On the other hand, although adobe architecture is more sustainable in comparison to other building technologies, the use of it is diminishing in North Cyprus. The application of Turkish building code in the north of the island has created complications in respect of the use of adobe masonry, because this building code demands that reinforced concrete vertical tie-beams are used together with adobe masonry. The use of reinforced concrete elements together with adobe masonry causes problems in relation to the climatic response of the building as well as causing other technical and aesthetic problems. This situation makes the design of adobe masonry complicated and various types of ethical problems also emerge. The objective of this article is to analyse the ethical problems which arise as a consequence of the restrictive character of the building code, by analysing two case studies and conducting an interview with an architect who was involved with the use of adobe masonry in North Cyprus. 
NotesHurol, Yonca 1; Email Address: Yüceer, Hülya 2; Email Address: Şahali, Öznem 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, Via Mersin 10, Room: 118 Magusa, Kibris Turkey 2: Department of Architecture, Adana Science and Technology University, Seyhan-Adana Turkey; Source Info: Apr2015, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p381; Subject Term: ADOBE houses; Subject Term: ARCHITECTURAL ethics; Subject Term: BUILDING law & legislation; Subject Term: VERNACULAR architecture; Subject Term: MASONRY; Subject Term: CYPRUS, Northern; Author-Supplied Keyword: Adobe masonry; Author-Supplied Keyword: Building codes; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cyprus; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics of architecture; NAICS/Industry Codes: 327310 Cement Manufacturing; NAICS/Industry Codes: 238140 Masonry Contractors; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article