Journal of Building Design and Environment (Print ISSN: 2811-0730  Online ISSN: 2811-0749) is a peer-reviewed open access journal published semi-annual by Omniscient Pte. Ltd. Journal of Building Design and Environment is an interdisciplinary, international journal. Taking ecological architectural design as its entry point, the journal combines the fields of architectural engineering, architectural aesthetics, built environment, construction engineering and management, sustainable development and urban planning, aiming to provide an open access academic platform for experts and scholars in the field, publish high-quality academic content and promote the exchange and development of the architectural design field.

  • Research on air pollution characteristics and planning strategy of urban street environment

    Shen Yang, Qingming Zhan, Liu Wen

    Dense buildings in modern cities make street pollutants more and more difficult to disperse, and the exposure level of urban residents to pollutants has increased significantly. This study focuses on the spatial and temporal distribution of ambient air pollution in urban streets and the relationship between street morphology and pollutant dispersion, and explores ways to reduce ambient air pollution in streets through spatial design. The study used the CityGrid urban grid data monitoring station to conduct an empirical study on an urban trunk road in Wuhan during the winter of 2020 to 2021, monitoring pollutants including NO2, O3, PM2.5, and PM10. The results showed that pollutant concentration changes in the near-road environment are affected by a combination of meteorological elements and traffic flow characteristics. The wind parallel to the road is more favorable to evacuate pollutants inside the street canyon, and the ambient wind above the canyon perpendicular to the road causes vortices in the canyon that cause gaseous pollutants to accumulate on the leeward side of the canyon. The distribution of particulate pollutants is mainly related to the distance of road pollutant sources. Building access ventilation can effectively evacuate street pollutants, and NO2 and O3 decay to stable levels in shorter distance from the road than PM2.5 and PM10 in downwind direction. The future urban street planning can effectively alleviate street pollution levels through strategies such as street canyon morphology control, green landscape facilities arrangement, increasing the building interface opening, and building bottom overhead.

  • Verification of seismic enforced-displacement pushover procedure on torsionally flexible, asymmetric, multi-storey r/c buildings

    Triantafyllos Makarios, Athanasios Bakalis

    A recently proposed direct Displacement-based procedure of nonlinear static (pushover) analysis on multi-storey reinforced concrete (r/c) buildings is verified here against the results of Nonlinear Response History Analysis. An asymmetric, regular in elevation, torsionally flexible, multi-storey r/c building designed according to Eurocode EN 1998 is investigated. Taking fully into account the inelastic torsion and the higher mode effects, as well as the P-Delta effects, the proposed procedure applies a pattern of seismic floor enforced-displacements along on the “Capable Near Collapse Principal Axes of the building”, aiming at Near Collapse state.  The envelope of the results of sixteen final non-linear static analyses on the investigated building shows that the main aspects of the spatial seismic action effects can be safely captured by the proposed procedure, especially regarding the inelastic interstorey drift ratios, as well as the plastic mechanism of the building.

Honorary Editor-in-Chief

Jian Kang

Full Professor, The Bartlett, University College London, UK


Li-Mao Zhang

Full Professor, School of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Samad Sepasgozar

Deputy Head of School Research, School of Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, Australia

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