1st Edition

Architectural Science and the Sun
The poetics and pragmatics of solar design

ISBN 9781138899216
Published April 23, 2018 by Routledge
298 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Architectural Science and the Sun synthesizes physics, climate, program, and perception to provide a foundation in the principles of architectural science related to the sun: solar geometry, solar analysis and design techniques, passive design principles, and daylighting. Part analytical handbook, part inspiration source for schematic design, the content comprises a critical component of effective sustainable design.

Beyond the purely technical aspects of these topics, Architectural Science and the Sun begins with the premise that great architecture goes beyond energy performance and the visual-aesthetic to engage all of the senses. Given that the stimuli to which our senses respond are physical phenomena such as light, heat, and sound, the designer must manipulate these parameters through the craft of building form and technology to create the desired qualitative experience. This book is designed to help the reader develop that skill.

Table of Contents

1. The Earth-Sun Relationship  2. The Geocentric Model  3. Climate and Radiation  4. Insolation  5. The Solar Microclimate  6. Received Shadows  7. Creating Shadows  8. Fenestration and the Sun  9. Daylighting.  Glossary.  Appendix A Solar Tables.  Appendix B Sun Path Diagrams.  Image Credits.  Index

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Matt Fajkus is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, USA, as well as Director of the UT Sustainable Design Program. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and is currently Principal Architect of Matt Fajkus Architecture, an AIA National Award-winning practice.

Dason Whitsett teaches in the Sustainable Design Program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, USA, and holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the same institution. He is also Principal Architect for Kasita, an award-winning modern modular building manufacturer.