This book takes the position that the dynamic of the architectural environment is a key aspect of good design, yet one which is not well anticipated or understood. Environmental variety is a design characteristic closely related to our experience of architecture - an architecture of the senses. Each chapter demonstrates how an understanding of a particular context or environmental characteristic in dynamic terms informs design. The book is an antidote to the misconceptions of 'optimum' environmental performance or fixed criteria, instead embracing the richness of environmental variety.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Environmental Diversity in Architecture Part 2 Framework 2. Social, Architectural and Environmental Convergence 3. The Ambiguity of Intentions 4. Human Nature 5. Designing Diverse Lifetimes for Evolving Buildings Part 3: Urban 6. Urban Diversity 7. Outdoor Comfort 8. Intermediate Environments 9. The Reverential Acoustic Part 4: Interior 10. Environmental Diversity and Natural Lighting Strategies 11. Daylight Perception 12. Exploring Thermal Comfort and Spatial Diversity Part 5: Design 13. Experiencing Climate: Architecture and Environmental Diversity