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Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
Hi,

This is Praveen from Chennai, a 5th yr student of architecture. As you could see, I have chosen this topic of 'climate responsive design' wherein I will do research on how climate affects the design of a settlement and design the buildings in the settlement.

I would like to get feedback about this topic. I personally feel it is a vital topic at a time when buildings have become so immune to climate- or should I say, ignorant of climate.

How far is this topic from or close to green buildings and energy efficiency? Would this topic mean an overlap of those subjects too, or can I keep it the way it is?
Kala Praveen
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Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
Hi,

Your topic seems to be interesting, but I think you'll get stuck in with the technical stuff in the end, because these green buildings or eco-friendly buildings require a lot of depth. There is this guy from my university doing a thesis on a similar topic. He has been into the technical stuff more than the design itself.
Rafay Mazhar
Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
Thanks for the reply Mr. Rafay.

I am fully aware of the fact that it becomes too technical. That is why I have restricted it to just the climate responsivness: how to plan and handle spaces and how to use the various devices effectively in the design, both in the pragmatic and poetic way, keeping in mind the design and planning strategy for the entire township of about 200 to 400 employees along with the factory and their office spaces.

Our course doesn't let us do pure research, and I would like this to culiminate in a design. I thought I could use this to put a stop to the technical aspects at some point and get into the design part which would also include handling of spaces. It also includes how climate affects the settlement planning, the grain size, the landscape etc.
Kala Praveen
Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
Kala,

Try looking at vernacular design and the way such design responds and evolves in accord with both the climate and environment. These patterns of human behaviour are sufficiently well documented for you to select several locations with different climates and environment and compare the design strategies which govern the layout of buildings, the orientation of buildings and the juxtapostion of buildings. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
hi praveen this is haripriya from ty barch,pune. i hav a the design topic of it park .i want to focus on making my design more vernacular +sustainable rather than those glass facades not responding to pune's climate i am finding case studies on similar lines .but i couldnt find one with vernacular it park or similar. i feel that the architecture developed due to the it revolution is losing the vernacular touch as well .if u know any such case studies or design aids please let me know
Haripriya Dalal
Thesis: Climate-responsive industrial township
Vaernacular architecture is automatically climate responsive because it has been developed over hundreds if not thousands of years. :)))
Frank John Snelling
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