Buildings, Culture and Environment: Informing Local and Global Practices

Buildings, Culture and Environment: Informing Local and Global Practices

Editor(s): Raymond J. Cole, Richard Lorch

Published Online: 28 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405100045

Online ISBN: 9780470759066

DOI: 10.1002/9780470759066

About this Book

With accelerating change towards globalisation, the efficacy of design solutions not embedded within regional culture has been prone to failure - technically, socially and economically. Environmental problems and questions surrounding how to achieve a sustainable built environment are now posing urgent challenges to built environment practitioners and researcher. However, international cooperation in setting targets and standards as well as an increasing exchange of environmental information and practices present designers, clients and occupants with new problems that comprise local needs and the built environment.

This book addresses the role regional culture play in the successful (or otherwise) process of exchanging and adapting environmental practices and standards in the built environment. Using the specific case of the design of environmentally sound buildings, the book identifies a number of issues from different perspectives:

  • The conflict between regionally appropriate environmental building practices within a global technical and economic context.

  • How human, social and cultural expectations limit technological advances and performance improvements.

  • To what extent information on environmentally progressive buildings can be transferred across cultures without compromising regional and local practices.

  • Which ideas travel successfully between regions - generic principles, specific ideas or specific solutions?

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Understanding Context

  2. Part II: Understanding Expectations

  3. Part III: Understanding Process

  4. Part IV: Afterword

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