Eco-architecture III: Harmonisation Between Architecture and Nature

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WIT Press, Mar 16, 2010 - Architecture - 624 pages
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This book contains most of the papers presented in the Eco-Architecture 2010 conference, which was the third edition of the International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature. Previous editions, that were very successful were held previously in the New Forest, UK, in 2006 and the Algarve, Portugal in 2008 and demonstrated the importance of a forum like this to discuss the characteristics and challenges of such architectural vision. Eco-Architecture implies a new approach to the design process intended to harmonise its products with nature. This involves ideas such as minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, taking into account the amount required during the extraction and transportation of materials, their fabrication, assembly, building erection, maintenance and eventual future recycling. Presentations in the conference were related to topics like building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, ecological and cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, quantifying sustainability in architecture, resources and rehabilitation, and issues from education, research and practice. Case studies from different places around the world were also presented.

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Ecological and cultural sensitivity
Design by passive systems
Life cycle assessment
Quantifying sustainability in architecture Special session by R Smith
Resources and rehabilitation
Building technologies
Issues from education research and practice Special session by J Stark
Case studies
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