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The Selective Environment

1st Edition

By Dean Hawkes, with Jane McDonald, Koen Steemers

Taylor & Francis

176 pages | 53 B/W Illus.

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The complex art of architecture embraces all of the concerns of the world's cultures. It meets the fundamental needs for shelter from the elements, but, almost from its origins, has acquired other purposes and meanings. The Selective Environment is an approach to environmentally responsive architectural design that seeks to make connections between the technical preoccupations of architectural science, and the necessity, never more urgent than today, to sustain cultural identity at a time of rapid global, technological change.


'As a primer for students, the book is a success. It puts the subject into a historical context and an intellectual framework, it illustrates its thesis with case studies which form a good starting-point for further research, and in its checklist it offers a tool which can be implemented in the design of projects.' - Adam Voelcker, Architectural Review

Table of Contents

Preface List of Illustrations 1. Introduction 2. Nature, Architecture and Environmental Inquiry 3. Context: the Regional Dimension 4. Comfort and Climate in the Selective Environment 5. Typology in Environmental Design 6. Generic Models for Selective Design 7. Case Studies for Selective Design 8. An Environmental Design Check List 9. A Selective Bibliography Index

About the Authors


Dean Hawkes is Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Koen Steemers is a director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies and a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture.

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