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Environmental Diversity in Architecture - Mary Ann Steane

Environmental Diversity in Architecture

By: Mary Ann Steane (Editor), Koen Steemers (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780415314787
Number Of Pages: 252

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Despite the fact that for most people the word architecture summons up images of weight and fixity, the experience and perception of architecture is dynamic over space and time, whether as a result of movement through space or as a result of changing environmental conditions. It is this dynamic quality of the built environment that stimulates our senses, yet is rarely anticipated or understood in the design process. This is in part due to an emphasis on the geometric and physical aspects of design - as represented in drawings or computer renderings.
Adaptability over time is a concerin in the life of building. In the short term the issue may be how the user can interact with the building. Longer-term issues include how the building can be adapted to respond to changes in conditions (e.g. working patterns, climate change, etc.). This calls for buildings that have a level of 'indeterminacy' in their design, without being excessively changeable - environmentally adaptable but not neutral.
This book brings together architectural research that clearly identifies why environmental variety is of significance how it relates to design.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Contributorsp. ix
Illustration creditsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Environmental diversity in architecturep. 3
Frameworkp. 17
Social, architectural and environmental convergencep. 19
The ambiguity of intentionsp. 31
Human naturep. 47
Designing diverse lifetimes for evolving buildingsp. 65
Urbanp. 83
Urban diversityp. 85
Outdoor comfortp. 101
Intermediate environmentsp. 121
The reverential acousticp. 143
Interiorp. 157
Environmental diversity and natural lighting strategiesp. 159
Daylight perceptionp. 179
Exploring thermal comfort and spatial diversityp. 195
Designp. 215
Experiencing climate: architecture and environmental diversityp. 217
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780415314787
ISBN-10: 041531478X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.1  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1