The Environmental Tradition: Studies in the Architecture of Environment

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Taylor & Francis, 1996 - Architecture - 212 pages
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In the last quarter of the twentieth century there has been a renewal of interest in the environmental function of buildings. The essays collected in this book provide an account of developments in the theory of environmental design in architecture during this period and illustrate the implications of theory for practice through a series of critical discussions of significant buildings. Central themes of the book are to show how environmental concerns have shaped the nature of buildings throughout history and, with the benefit of an historical perspective, to indicate how the new environmental priorities of the buildings of late industrial societies may be addressed.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Robert Maxwell
6
Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
10
1 The theoretical basis of comfort in selective environments
28
Theory
29
Building shape and energy use
36
Types norms and habit in environmental design
46
Precedent and theory in the design of auditoria
56
10 Wallasey School pioneer of solar design
118
Netley Abbey Infants School
130
CEGB Building Bristol
142
GatewayTwo the Wiggins Teape Building Basingstoke
154
St Marys Hospital Isle of Wight
160
Cassa Rurale e Artigianale Brendola
170
Cam bridge Cry stallographic Data Centre
182
The Sainsbury Wing National Gallery London
190

Objective knowledge and the art and science of architecture
66
the architectural dimension
72
The language barrier
88
Environment at the threshold
98
The Cambridge School and the environmental tradition
106
the art museums of Louis I Kahn
200
Illustration and text acknowledgements
208
Index
210
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Dean Hawkes is an architect who has researched and taught at the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge since 1965.

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