The Selective Environment

Author:   Dean Hawkes ,  Jane McDonald ,  Koen Steemers
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9780419235309


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   22 November 2001
Format:   Paperback
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The complex art of architecture embraces all of the concerns of the world's cultures. It meets the fundamental needs for shelter from the elements, but, almost from its origins, has acquired other purposes and meanings. The Selective Environment is an approach to environmentally responsive architectural design that seeks to make connections between the technical preoccupations of architectural science, and the necessity, never more urgent than today, to sustain cultural identity at a time of rapid global, technological change. The underlying proposition is that environmental design strategy should rest upon the function of the building as a selective filter between the extremes of ambient climate and the conditions that determine human comfort. In developing this idea, the discussion ranges across themes of nature and architecture, architectural regionalism, the interpretation of comfort and climate and typology in environmental design. A range of case study buildings, including designs by Glenn Murcutt, Patkau Architects, Renzo Piano and Herzog and de Meuron, serve to relate theory to practice.

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Author:   Dean Hawkes ,  Jane McDonald ,  Koen Steemers
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Spon Press
Dimensions:   Width: 19.10cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 24.80cm
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9780419235309


ISBN 10:   0419235302
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   22 November 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'As a primer for students, the book is a success. It puts the subject into a historical context and an intellectual framework, it illustrates its thesis with case studies which form a good starting-point for further research, and in its checklist it offers a tool which can be implemented in the design of projects.' - Adam Voelcker, Architectural Review


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Dean Hawkes is Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. 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.

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