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Description - Environmental Diversity in Architecture by Mary Ann Steane

Despite the fact that for most people the word architecture summons up images of weight and fixity, the experience and perception of architecture is dynamic over space and time, whether as a result of movement through space or as a result of changing environmental conditions. It is this dynamic quality of the built environment that stimulates our senses, yet it is rarely anticipated or understood in the design process. This is in part due to an emphasis on the geometric and physical aspects of design - as represented in drawings or computer renderings. Physiologically, man has evolved to perceive change - notably in the visual environment, but also through thermal, aural and tactile senses - in order to survive. This ingrained experience is associated with psychological notions of safety, comfort and well-being - and conversely - danger, excitement and enjoyment. These associations shape the way we respond to our environment and are brought forth through the way we design. Adaptability over time is a concern in the life of a building. In the short term the issue may be how the user can interact with the building. Longer-term issues include how the building can be adapted to respond to changes in conditions (e.g. working patterns, climate change, etc.). This calls for buildings that have a level of 'indeterminacy' in their design, without being excessively changeable - environmentally adaptable but not neutral. This book brings together architectural research work that clearly identifies why environmental variety is of significance and how it relates to design. Part 1: INTRODUCTION - 1. Environmental Diversity in Architecture Part 2 FRAMEWORK - 2. Social, Architectural and Environmental Convergence 3. The Ambiguity of Intentions 4. Human Nature 5. Design

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415314787
ISBN-10: 041531478X
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Spon Press
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Ann Steane

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.

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