Assessment of social housing design in dubai: Conventional vs. virtual reality participatory tools

Khaled Galal Ahmed, Hamda Said Al Naaimi, Menatullah Mostafa Omar, Mona Megahed, Shaikha Abdulla Alazeezi

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—The existing stock of social housing projects and their housing models in UAE were developed based on conventional functional design theories that initiated various environmental, social, and economic sustainability-related problems. Now, there is a call for applying a set of sustainability measures and guidelines in social housing projects. Actually, the concept of environmental ‘sustainability’ has been the focus for a great deal of work. But more recently the social dimensions of sustainability have been addressed as an additional and interrelated concern. So, in order to develop the design of social housing models in a more socio-culturally sustainable manner, an inclusive and participatory decision-making process should be adopted through which local Emirati residents could be genuinely involved. In this research, the conventional vs Virtual Reality participatory tools were investigated on one of the commonly developed social housing model in Dubai. Utilizing both methods comparatively, a sample of residents were asked about their satisfaction with the areas of the functional spaces of this house model. The VR tool proved being more effective but have been also associated with various practicality problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-636
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event7th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering, ACE 2019 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: May 27 2019May 28 2019


  • Dubai
  • Social housing
  • Social sustainability
  • Virtual reality
  • —Community participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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