1st Edition

Sustainable Building Design Learning from nineteenth-century innovations

By Vidar Lerum Copyright 2016
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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