Bruno Stagno Overview Essay

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Environmental design in architecture encompasses factors relating to the natural environment, and can be measured through the various green building council principles and guidelines. However it also needs to be seen holistically as an expression of culture, it defines the human environment. In this way regionalism is important, successful environmental design tempers and is able to manipulate the climate, or human senses, or both, here the thermal experience is introduced and the ecology of heat is important. Today, with the evidence to climate change indisputable, successful tempering, of the climate; this ecology of heat for human comfort range cannot simply be through the air-conditioner, it can
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However currently this an inaccuracy, all be it one that is progressively attempting to advance in the appropriate direction. LEED creates a universal set of norms, it does work closely enough with the climate of place. Environmental design in architecture must be said to encompass factors relating to this natural environment, and while it can be measured through the various green building council principles and guidelines to an extent it also needs to be seen holistically as an expression of culture. It defines the human environment. In this way regionalism is important, successful environmental design tempers and is able to manipulate the climate, or human senses, or both.

Here the thermal experience is introduced and the ecology of heat is important. In recent times, a perception of the absolute need for a steady state has manifested itself with the air-conditioned buildings and office spaces, artificially creating this so called utopian environment. This approach has assumed that any degree of thermal stress is undesirable. However as highlighted by Lisa Heschong in Thermal Delight in Architecture the human body has a remarkable ability to adapt and acclimatise to a wide range of temperatures very quickly and thus feel comfortable within a space. It is this principle that throughout history vernacular architecture has sought to capitalise upon. It seeks to control ones climate to a degree, but embraces small variants. Take a light

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