Eco-architecture: harmonisation between architecture and nature

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WIT, 2006 - Architecture - 409 pages
Unlike the mechanistic buildings it replaces, Eco-Architecture is in harmony with nature, including its immediate environs. Eco-Architecture makes every effort to minimise the use of energy at each stage of the buildings life cycle, including that embodied in the extraction and transportation of materials, their fabrication, their assembly into the building and ultimately the ease and value of their recycling when the buildings life is over. Featuring papers from the First International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, the text brings together papers of an inter-disciplinary nature, and will be of interest to engineers, planners, physicists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, and other specialists, in addition to architects. Featured topics include: Historical and Philosophical aspects; Ecological and Cultural Sensitivity; Human Comfort and Sick Building Syndrome; Energy Crisis and Building Technologies; Carbon Neutral Design; Alternative Sources of Energy (wind, solar, wave, geothermal etc); Design with Nature; Design with Climate; Siting and Orientation; Re-use of Brownfield Sites; Material Selection; Minimal Transportation Approaches and use of Indigenous Materials; Life Cycle Assessment of Materials; Design by Passive Systems; Conservation and Re-use of Water; Building Operation and Management; Applications in Different Building Types; Regulations and Contracts.

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Cultural responses to primitive needs
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towards
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Inbetween architecture and landscape from theory to practice
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