From Genius Loci to Sustainability: Conciliating Between the Spirit of Place and the Spirit of Time—A Case Study on the Old City of Al-Salt

  • Shaden Abusafieh
Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)


In this chapter the use of vernacular architecture philosophy and charm is introduced to be adopted in modern buildings. Starting with the definition of sustainability, then sustainability “The Spirit of Time” follows by principles of sustainable architecture. The last item was divided into six sections. Sustainability is always restricted by culture and environment. Both these concepts were discussed with some examples. Sustainability in Arab cities was developed based on the modern technology trend and the NEO-traditional trend. Discussing the term “The Spirit of Place,” the chapter explained the meaning and advantages of vernacular architecture in general. This was followed by full study analysis of Al-Salt old city.


Genius Loci Sustainability Vernacular Architecture Al-Salt city 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaden Abusafieh
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  1. 1.College of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture EngineeringAl-Ahliyya Amman UniversityAmmanJordan

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