The Environments of Architecture
Environmental Design in Context
Taylor & Francis – 2007 – 242 pages
This well-illustrated 'think piece' provides a much needed and topical philosophical introduction to the place of environmental design in architecture.
The Environments of Architecture sets out a range of considerations necessary to produce appropriate internal environments in the context of a wider discussion on the effect of building decisions on the broader environment.
The authors, from architecture and engineering, academia and practice, provide a rounded and well-balanced introduction to this important topic. Starting from a belief that the built environment can contribute more positively to the planet and the pleasure of places as well as answering the practical demands of comfort, they cover site planning, form, materials, construction and operation as well as looking at design on a city level.
Presenting a thoughtful and stimulating approach to the built environment, this book forms an excellent guide for practitioners, students and academics concerned with our built environment.
1. Introduction 2. Site and Setting 3. Building Design 1: Smaller Buildings and the Creation of Environments 4. Building Design 2: The Environments of Larger Buildings 5. Heating, Cooling and Power 6. Ventilation 7. Light and Shade 8. The City 9. Conclusion
Randall Thomas is a consultant to Max Fordham LLP and teaches in the UK and France. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design at Kingston University and a Course Organiser at the AA. His previous books include Environmental Design, Photovoltaics and Architecture and Sustainable Urban Design.
Trevor Garnham is an architect and Principal Lecturer at Kingston University School of Architecture. His previous books include Lines on the Landscape, Circles from the Sky; Monuments of Neolithic Orkney and three books on Arts and Crafts buildings. He is a regular reviewer of contemporary buildings for architectural journals.