The need to respond to the rapidly changing city climate is particularly urgent in the tropics where the urban transition is currently at its peak. While the need is clearly felt by the tropical urban dwellers, texts that provide an overview of the problem and indicate possible design solutions are rare. This comprehensive reference will be welcomed by student and practising architects as well as other built envronment professionals engaged with the environmental effects of building in worldwide warm and humid climates.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Urbanization and Climate 3. Thermal Comfort in the Urban Tropics 4. Climate-Conscious Urban Design in the Tropics: Basic Principles 5. Applications: Urban Design Strategies 6. Climate-Sensitive Urban Transportation for the Tropics
Dr. Rohinton Emmanuel is a University teacher and researcher from Sri Lanka, with a Ph.D in urban climatology from the University of Michigan and has also taught in the US and Sweden. His core interests in studying the environmental changes brought about by urbanization in the warm, humid tropics. For nearly 13 years he has extensively researched climate changes in cities with the long-term goal of developing urban environmental monitoring indices that facilitate environment-sensitive urban design in the tropics. He has an extensive record of research and publications on building climatology and urban climate changes.