A twenty-first century renaissance is emerging in architecture. After a century of building designs characterized by high energy demand, low quality lighting and poor thermal comfort, the fundamental questions must be asked again: is there a better path to designing the most energy efficient, comfortable, functional and beautiful buildings for a sustainable future? While seeking solutions for the future, are there lessons to be learned from the best buildings of the past?
Sustainable Building Design explores outstanding buildings and building designs of the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on the artistry of masters of architecture who came before. By dissecting and analyzing great public buildings of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, materials, techniques, and methods are discovered. This book presents the reader with clues and suggestions that will reveal the secrets of these buildings and by doing so provides the reader with a thorough understanding of how these architectural masterpieces work.
Using photographs, drawings, sections, plans and diagrams which are painstakingly redrawn for consistency and clarity based on a wide range of documentation, Vidar Lerum compares works of architecture from the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. The reader is presented with a careful analysis of each building, providing a compelling sourcebook of ideas for students and professional architects alike.
Table of Contents
Introduction Acknowledgements PART I 1. A Scientific Approach 2. Architecture of Modernity PART II 3. The Winter Palace 4. Sir John Soane's Museum 5. Bibliotheque Saint-Genevieve 6. Palace of Westminster 7. St George's Hall 8. The Reading Room 9. University of Glasgow Gilmorehill 10. Manchester Town Hall 11. Natural History Museum 12. Birmingham Children's Hospital PART III 13. Aldo Leopold Legacy Center 14. Great River Energy 15. The Terry Thomas 16. Manitoba Hydro Place 17. Tempe Transportation Center 18. Nrel Research Service Facility 19. Dpr Construction 20. Morphosis Studio 21. Sony’s Osaki New Building Project 22. The Bullitt Center 23. Packard Foundation Headquarters 24. Kimbell Art Museum Extension 25. Mariposa Land Port of Entry 26. Billings Public Library PART IV 27. Oregon Sustainability Center 28. Powerhouse One Bibliography Index
Vidar Lerum is an Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. He teaches design studios and design seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching experience includes design studios exploring the path to net zero energy building design, design seminars addressing minimalism in the age of conspicuous consumption, and environmental control systems courses. Lerum's research focuses on energy performance, human comfort and user satisfaction in buildings. He is a licensed architect in Norway and a member of the Norwegian Society of Architects (NAL). He is also a Co-opted Committee Member of the CIBSE Heritage Group and an International Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
'A must-read for architects in practice or education that brings home the sustainable reality of technics of physics that first matured during the 19th Century, a reality that, with electronic assistance, still bears environmental fruit today. Vidar Lerum digs deep to shed light on the performance attributes of landmark buildings now more fully discovered.' - Colin Porteous, Professor of Architectural Science, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow
‘This book should be compulsory reading for all students of architecture and environmental systems engineering. By means of a unique combination of 19th Century and 21st Century case studies, Vidar Lerum convincingly demonstrates that the techniques often used in contemporary exemplar buildings for the improvement of energy efficiency were first tested in monumental buildings about 150 years ago. The modern case studies provide an incredibly detailed resource of information for all those seriously interested in Sustainable Design.’ - Dr Neil S. Sturrock, Chairman of CIBSE Heritage Group, Senior Lecturer in Building Energy Studies, Liverpool John Moores University (1971-2012)
"The book is beautifully put together with outstandingly good colour photography, clear line drawings and reproductions of original design drawings." – Peter Swallow, Building Engineer