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Thermal Delight in Architecture

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Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design.

Until quite recently, building technology and design has favored high-energy-consuming mechanical methods of neutralizing the thermal environment. It has not responded to the various ways that people use, remember, and care about the thermal environment and how they associate their thermal sense with their other senses. The hearth fire, the sauna, the Roman and Japanses baths, and the Islamic garden are discussed as archetypes of thermal delight about which rituals have developed — reinforcing bonds of affection and ceremony forged in the thermal experience. Not only is thermal symbolism now obsolete but the modern emphasis on central heating systems and air conditioning and hermetically sealed buildings has actually damaged our thermal coping and sensing mechanisms. This book for the solar age could help change all that and open up for us a new dimension of architectural experience.

As the cost of energy continues to skyrocket, alternatives to the use of mechanical force must be developed to meet our thermal needs. A major alternative is the use of passive solar energy, and the book will provide those interested in solar design with a reservoir of ideas.

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Considerations given to thermal qualities in the design and construction of buildings worldwide and throughout history are examined in an attempt to show the importance of thermal qualities in effective building design.

Synopsis:

Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design.

About the Author

Lisa Heschong earner a degree in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and one in Architecture from MIT. She is at present affiliated with Total Environmental Action, a solar energy design, research, and consulting firm based in New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262580397
Author:
Heschong, Lisa
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Material Science
Subject:
Materials
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Architecture-Specifications and Detail
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Thermal Delight in Architecture
Publication Date:
19791205
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
94
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 in

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