Reflection of Technology on the inherited conceptual design of mosques
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Radwa A. O. Abuel Seoud
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the potentials of the new technology and its contribution in developing design concepts and the inherited values of mosques . Also the purpose of this study was to classify mosques architecture according to the architectural design approaches and describe the characteristics and development of each approach . The thesis also introduced the latest twenty first century technology applications , including materials , construction systems and techniques , building facilities , using computer aided software , and proposed the appropriate tools and techniques that can be used in mosques design in general . In this research , the analytical study was conducted in two procedures ; firstly , thirty mosques projects , selected in a timeline from 1975 to 2010 A.D , were analyzed and evaluated accordingly in terms of a design analysis framework ( Design concept , design approach , functional values , symbolic , aesthetic aspects and technology used ) . Secondly , a comparative analysis table was plotted to show the weight of the technologies used in mosques case studies on each value using the same framework . Finally , a detailed analysis was illustrated to verify the new technologies used in the case studies , and how it affected the inherited values of the mosque.