Impact of climate change on sustainable underground living heritage

Attarian, Koorosh, Shetabi, Linda and Safar Ali Najar, Behnaz (2023) Impact of climate change on sustainable underground living heritage. In: ICOMOS Scientific Symposium 2021 - Living heritage and climate change, 9-10 November 2021, online. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Climate change and contemporary lifestyle choices are important factors in the deterioration of the built heritage. The design and setting of certain historic buildings and vernacular architecture in Dezfūl, Iran, can offer climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for water use and indoor climate regulation. Climate change has had two major impacts on the underground living heritage of Dezfūl, a) reduction in precipitation and b) increase in temperature. This has resulted in decreased humidity and lower water levels in canals conducting water to the city and agricultural land, as well as disrupting historic water flows, making historic access to cold water difficult for families. Several solutions have been implemented to protect this unique living heritage, including social activities aimed at conserving historic public water supply systems and the conservation and rehabilitation of prestigious historic houses and underground living spaces, led by cultural heritage organisations, homeowners, and private funders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Attarian, Koorosh
Shetabi, Linda
Safar Ali Najar, Behnaz
Languages: English
Keywords: climate change; vernacular architecture; Iran; water management; underground houses
Subjects: G. DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
G. DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27A. Water heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Dezful, Khuzestan province, Iran
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2021 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 10:14
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 10:14

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