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THE RECOVERY OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS IN ARCHITECTURE: AIR, COMFORT AND CLIMATE. C. Alan Short. Earthscan, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2017. BRI {Building Research and Information} Book Series. 404 pp. with 305 ills. (126 col.). 26 x 20 cm. LC 2016-29513 ISBN 9780415824408 In English.
Publisher's description: The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture challenges the modern practice of sealing up and mechanically cooling public scaled buildings in whichever climate and environment they are located. This book unravels the extremely complex history of understanding and perception of air, bad air, miasmas, airborne pathogens, beneficial thermal conditions, ideal climates and climate determinism. It uncovers inventive and entirely viable attempts to design large buildings, hospitals, theatres and academic buildings through the 19th and early 20th centuries, which use the configuration of the building itself and a shrewd understanding of the natural physics of airflow and fluid dynamics to make good, comfortable interior spaces. In exhuming these ideas and reinforcing them with contemporary scientific insight, the book proposes a recovery of the lost art and science of making naturally conditioned buildings.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 172501
Hardcover $155.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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