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The use of computers in architectural design had its infancy in the early 1960's, however, its potential has and is taking longer to realise than was first thought. New approaches to design coupled with dramatic reductions in the price of hardware have increased the range and applicability of...
Energy conservation in buildings has led to a renewed response to the natural environment in building design. The new term “passive design system “is a restatement of the response to the natural environment to achieve thermal comfort and visual acuity. The development of thermal comfort scales...
Because energy is used by and for people, the methodology of monitoring has been expanded to include social as well as physical measurements. This paper discusses the interrelation between the two, the reasons for collecting particular data, the methods of doing so, and the evaluation of the...
The activity of designing begins with contexualised problems. These are usually heuristic concepts that enable the designer to proceed to a solution. He must understand the complex cultural categories that lie beneath the surface. Certain environmental configurations conflict with user...
Building science before the 18th century contained not merely rules still used today, but also rules that were in error. A comprehensive and quantitative approach dates only from the beginning of the twentieth century. Formal education in architecture and engineering started a few decades...
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