Environmental Diversity in Architecture

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November 2004



This book takes the position that the dynamic of the architectural environment is a key aspect of good design, yet one which is not well anticipated or understood. Environmental variety is a design characteristic closely related to our experience of architecture - an architecture of the senses. Each chapter demonstrates how an understanding of a particular context or environmental characteristic in dynamic terms informs design. The book is an antidote to the misconceptions of 'optimum' environmental performance or fixed criteria, instead embracing the richness of environmental variety.


1. The Role of Environmental Variety 2. Keeping Animals Indoors 3. Urban Environmental Metabolism 4. Urban Design and the Microclimate 5. Outdoor Comfort 6. Dynamic Acoustics and Architecture 7. Intermediate Environments 8. Environmental Diversity and Natural Lighting Strategies 9. Daylight Perception 10. Spatial Variability and Thermal Comfort 11. Social and Environmental Convergence 12. Climatic Moderation in 20th Century Architecture 13. Diversified Life of Buildings.


Koen Steemers is a director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies and a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture. He specialises in aspects of environmental design in architecture, has practices as an architect in the UK and Germany, and is a Director of Cambridge Architectural Research Limited. His recent publications include Energy and Environment in Architecture (2000), and Architecture City Environment (2000), The Selective Environment (2002), Daylight Design of Buildings (2002).
Mary Ann Steane is a lecturer in the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture. She lectures on environmental issues and is also a course director of the MPhil in Environmental Design. In the studio courses she delivers the acknowledgement and integration of environmental design issues is always given particular emphasis. Her research marries technical analysis with a more historical perspective. The current focus of her research is on natural lighting strategies, and seeks to enable more precise communication about light quality, and thus to develop a more nuanced appraisal of natural lighting strategies in their broader topographic, climatic and programmatic context.
EAN: 9780415314787
ISBN: 041531478X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Seitenanzahl: 254 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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