Tropical Sustainable Architecture : Social and Environmental Dimensions

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-26
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science

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The tropical belt where large areas of South East Asia, India, Africa and parts of both North and South America are located forms the biggest landmass in the world and has one of the highest numbers of rapidly developing cities. Coincidentally, architecture in these regions shares common problems, the most easily identifiable being the tropical conditions of climate and natural environment. The context for architecture here is fraught with conflicts between tradition and modernization, massive influx of rural poor into urban areas, poorly managed rapid urban development as well as the cultural and social strain of globalization. Many local and overseas architects, planners and city fathers are interested in the social and environmental dimensions of these areas that contribute towards short terms solutions and long term sustainable developments. This book, developed from the first conference of the International Network for Tropical Architecture, supplies a wealth of information from experts worldwide covering the cultural, environmental and technical aspects of thinking, researching and designing for the tropics. * Provides a holistic view of the subject, covering both technical and cultural issues * Includes a variety of tropical case studies by an international team of experts * Essential reading for architects wishing to develop their skills, technology and knowledge of these rapidly changing cities

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
About the Authorsp. xv
Social and Environmental Dimensions in Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Introductory Commentsp. 1
Architectural and Environmental Theoriesp. 15
Rethinking Design Methodology for Sustainable Social Qualityp. 17
The Selective Environment: Environmental Design and Cultural Identityp. 29
Green Design in the Hot Humid Tropical Zonep. 45
High-rise High-density Livingp. 57
Socio-Environmental Dimensions in Tropical Semi-open Spaces of High-rise Housing in Singaporep. 59
BEAMs and Architectural Design in Singapore Public Housingp. 83
Building and Planning Requirementsp. 99
Policy and Evaluation System for Green Building in Subtropical Taiwanp. 101
In Search of a Habitable Urban Space-Built Ratio: A Case Study of Building and Planning Regulation in Dhaka Cityp. 125
Urban Environmental Impactsp. 149
Designing High Density Cities - Parametric Studies of Urban Morphologies and their Implied Environmental Performancep. 151
The Urban Heat Island Effect in Singaporep. 181
Tropical Urban Street Canyonsp. 201
Experimental Sustainable Projectsp. 219
Tropical and Traditional: Inventing a New Housing Model for the Old 36 Streets Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnamp. 221
ECOPET 21: An Innovative Sustainable Building System for Ecological Communities in Tropical Regionsp. 241
Critique on Tropical Architecturep. 265
Is Sustainability Sustainable? Interrogating the Tropical Paradigm in Asian Architecturep. 267
Indexp. 287
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