Historic Preservation
thesis in UAE
Hello, my name is Goran Johansen and i am currently doing my thesis on the abandoned village of Al Jazeerah al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. in my process i am working with integrating new infrastructure, based on hubs around the 12 mosques in the village. i want to re-generate life in the village, that has been abandoned for some 40 years. i want to look at the aspects of natural ventilation, but there are only one house with windtower there. this is an architecture imported from Iran. is natural ventilation in small fragile units an option, or is it better to adapt to aircondition? to uphold the idea of natural ventilation is nice i think, in a village that should be preserved as much as possible, but to establish windtowers is to change the vernacular architecture of the place and totally change the beautiful low-rice horizon.
any comments or thoughts?
Goran Johansen
thesis in UAE
Hi Goran,

If the building is relatively airtight and solar gain is reduced by making all natural daylight entering the building indirect then is daytime ventilation urgently necessary?

They use an interesting method to cool crop storage sheds in Africa, by trickling water down the external walls on the hottest days. The sun evaporates the water and cools the building fabric and the space inside quite effectively. Obviously this requires a supply of water and I am assuming the ventilation is required for cooling rather than for providing fresh air, because of course bringing daytime air in naturally in a hot climate will warm the inside rather than cooling it.

Paul Wood


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