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Architecture in a warm climate
Hello
Please can any body provide any info on how a warm climate influences architectural design?
Noveen Lodhi
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Architecture in a warm climate
Do an Internet search on tropical architecture or tropical design. There are materials available on ArchNet as well for designing in arid climates.
Shiraz Allibhai
Architecture in a warm climate
Thank you Shiraz. Actually, I'm doing a research project on Charles Correa under the mentioned topic and I need information fast!!! I Just can't download the publications here on Archnet :(
Noveen Lodhi
Architecture in a warm climate
Hi Noveen,

I fully respect the fact that you must be overloaded with lots of work and hopefully you are trying to the best of your ability. However, your request is symptomatic of what is recently happening in this forum. It has degenerated into a 'architectural restaurant' where people think that they can order information and it would be provided to them in extremely palatable form.

To begin with, your question itself is too broad and if you go to any library, or even to the internet, you will find an overload of information. Your question also doesn't have a specific or right answer as this issue is constantly being debated and worked upon.

It would be nice if you could use this forum to generate discussions on what your views are, on Charles Correa and his designs for warm climate. Then, others could probably give their inputs on the thoughts.

Now to answering your query!

Warm climate itself is too broad. Are you talking of warm-humid, coastal, hot-dry, arid or composite climates? All can come under the category of warm climates. Why don't you pick up books on Charles Correa and read through what he says about climate.

I hope this helps,
Vishwanath Kashikar
Architecture in a warm climate
Noveen, I have a number of books in my personal library whch cover various aspects of "architecture in a warm climate". Off hand, Hassan Fathy of Egypt wrote some very good books and if you wish I can list some books for you?
Frank John Snelling
Architecture in a warm climate
Well, I am a student myself, and I needed some of this information as well. So, Mr. Snelling, could you please upload that list of names of books on warm climates?
Sheherbano Mehboob
Architecture in a warm climate
"Climatology and vernacular architecture"
Frank John Snelling
Architecture in a warm climate
Hey, if you study kutch, you'll see bhungas (dwelling units done for hot and dry climate). This link may be helpful to you: http://www.hindu.com/
thehindu/2001/02/26/
stories/0226000g.htm
.

In this study of warm climate, construction techniques are most important. So, study deeply. Works in Rajasthan and Kutch will also be helpful to you.

All the best,
Aanal Shah
Architecture in a warm climate
Noveen,
At least inside the US, the definitive work on designing with and understanding the relationship of design TO climate is, "Design With Climate," by Victor Olgyay. His research was done at Harvard before air conditioning was widespread.
Hope this helps.
Michael Polka
Architecture in a warm climate
Michael, I would be interested to know when "Design with Climate" by Victor Olgyay was published and by whom?

I have an american textbook from about the 1960s which I think is called something like "insulation and air-conditioning systems" with some useful data about seasonal sun angles, etc.
Frank John Snelling
Architecture in a warm climate
Dear J. F. Snelling, and also Noveen:

John, you are everywhere. Here is the info on "Design With Climate" by Victor and Aladar Olgyay: Binding: Paperback (also available in hardcover but costs upwards of $500 US). Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 0442011105.

I got a copy in 1995, paperback, from "Page One" books in Albuquerque, New Mexico for around $25.00 US. It is a superlative work for all types of climates and for mitigating wind as well.
Michael Polka
Architecture in a warm climate
Michael, Thank you for the data about the book. Although 500 USD is too much for me. Sounds like the sort of book architectural practices' buy and put on show in an illuminated bookcase. :)
Frank John Snelling
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