New technologies are important to improve the quality of living, especially technology that is made to provide the users with their needs. On the other hand, although technology is a part of the culture, there is a cultural resistance to depending on new technology because, to a high extent, it might lead to change in the culture. For example, using the technology in Jeddah residential buildings led them to losing their cultural identity and social activities. As a result, there is a group of citizens who are calling to reduce the dependency on technology and to build more houses that reflect the culture of Jeddah city and to enhance the house user’s sociable activates.
Another group of Jeddah citizens are applying for changes in their houses to reflect their culture, experience and understanding of the special organization. On the other hand, another group of Jeddah citizens are arguing that technology cannot be discarded because it provides new effective building solutions, energy efficiency solutions. Also, it can provide artificial traditional elements. Therefore, this research will discuss, whether reflecting the culture in the space can be done by redesigning a similar space experience for the house user that the traditional houses had? To what extent can technology help? Or can just depending on technology to provide artificial architectural elements in Jeddah houses in different spaces?
Three different methods will be used to collect the data required for this research. The first method is analysing historic and contemporary houses in Jeddah. The second method is interviewing some stakeholders that can influence the design of Jeddah houses. Finally, a questionnaire will be conducted, targeting the house users in Jeddah city.