Historical buildings are considered a source of architectural inspiration and a key determinant to maintain continuity with the past and preserve cities identity. Unfortunately. most of the historical buildings in Gaza city had been diminished from the fabric making the city as if it has no historical roots, not only because of the scarcity of its historical architecture but also because of its contemporary architecture which seems empty from cultural contents and meanings. However, the city is rich with its intangible heritage which can be invested to fill the vacuum as a source of architectural inspiration. The study proposed that intangible heritage does not receive enough interest at the academic level to enrich contemporary architecture with cultural meaning. The study aims to highlight the importance of adopting metaphor and simile as a design approach during the interval of architecture education to bridge the gap between the architecture of the city and its intangible heritage. This goal has been achieved with a descriptive analysis methodology containing two themes: First, studying what meant by intangible heritage, simile and metaphor and their application in contemporary architecture. Second, the researcher used the qualitative and quantitative approach to identify obstacles that hindering the employment of intangible heritage in the faculties of architecture and design in Gaza. The research concluded with the result that there is enough interest in applying the methodology of metaphor and simile in the design process but there is no enough interest in intangible heritage as a source of architectural inspiration.
"Metaphor and Simile as A design Tool to use Intangible Heritage in Contemporary Architecture- An Approach to Maintain Identity and Cultural Authenticity- Case of Gaza City,"
Emirates Journal for Engineering Research: Vol. 24:
4, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/ejer/vol24/iss4/8