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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Albert Park

Reader 2

Marc los Huertos

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This thesis analyzes the traditional Korean hanok within the Western framework for sustainability across environmental, social, and economic dimensions. It then cross-references the findings of this analysis with existing theory on the cultural role of architecture to elucidate how the traditional Korean hanok can serve as a model for sustainable architecture in South Korea. Through a comprehensive analysis this thesis highlights the importance of architectural vernacular to define a sustainable building, and critiques contemporary Western ideas of sustainable architecture. Furthermore, this thesis synthesizes two current approaches to sustainable development in South Korea, the u-eco-city and the Green Standard for Energy and Environmental Design (G-SEED), with the findings on the hanok's sustainable attributes. It concludes with a proposal for a comprehensive and culturally rooted model for sustainable architecture. This holistic model emphasizes the importance of considering culturally appropriate, place-based design in the built environment to stray from Western ideas of both modernity and sustainability. The research contributes to a deeper understanding of sustainability by bridging the gap between Eastern architectural traditions and Western sustainability paradigms and advocating for a more culturally sensitive approach to sustainable development. Further research on this topic on implementing a bottom-up aspect into G-SEED is recommended.