Buildings, Culture, and Environment: Informing Technological Change / Edition 1

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TThe book focuses on key issues for present and future practice and research needs related to advancing the environmental performance of buildings and addresses the role regional culture plays in the successful (or otherwise) process of exchanging and adapting environmental practices and standards in the built environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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'It represents a critical step on the long road towards asustainable society by opening a dialogue on the disconnectionsthat prevent international green building research from connectingmeaningfully with local conditions.'

BRI August 2004.

'The contributions to the book act as inspiration and stimulusby reminding us of the critical importance of of the culturalembodiment of architecture. and by setting an agenda for futureresearch, education and practice.'

BRI August 2004.

'This book suggests a positive path foward to form a frameworkand critically engage with local culture and social expectationsinto solutions for the built environment. It should be read byeveryone interested in the built environment, technology andinformation transfer.'

Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 16 issue 1,2004.

'The readings are dense and informative, and should be useful inbroadening discourse on sustainability to include culture asindispensable component of project success' Traditional Dwellingsand Settlements Review Spring 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405100045
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond J. Cole is Professor of Architecture at theUniversity of British Columbia, Canada.

Richard Lorch is an architect and editor of theinternational journal, Building Research and Information.

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction: Knowledge, Values and Building Design (RaymondJ. Cole and Richard Lorch).


2. Section Introduction: Understanding Context (Ian Cooper).

3. Globalisation - Entangled Places, Interface Buildings,Generic Design (Rob Shields).

4. Trading Places - Sharing Knowledge About EnvironmentalBuilding Techniques (David M. Gann).

5. Green Buildings - Reconciling Technological Change andOccupant Expectations (Raymond J. Cole).

6. Cultural Issues for a Sustainable Built Environment (NiklausKohler).

7. Section Commentary: What is the Problem (Ian Cooper).


8. Section Introduction: Understanding Expectations (Nick V.Baker).

9. The Role of the Client in Shaping the Satisfactory Outcome ofthe Construction Process (George Seaden).

10. User Needs and Expectations (Adrian Leaman).

11. Historical and Cultural Influences on Comfort Expectations(Gail S. Brager and Richard J. de Dear).

12. BEQUEST - An International Cross-Cultural Cooperation andInformation Exchange (Steve Curwell).

13. Section Commentary: Reconciling Expectations (Nick V.Baker).


14. Section Introduction: Understanding Process (JeffreyCook).

15. Technology Transfer - A Vernacular View (Paul Oliver).

16. Social and Organisational Understanding of StakeholderInterests (Pascale Michaud).

17. Contemporary Chinese Architectural and Planning Practice -Aspirations and Challenges (Joe Carter).

18. A Bio-Regional Approach to Environmental Building - A CaseStudy of the KST House (David H. Cohen, Akira Yamaguchi and John D.Spengler).

19. Cultural Aspects of Environmental Housing in Japan (KazuoIwamura).

20. Section Commentary: Understanding Delivery Processes(Jeffrey Cook).


21. Afterword: Towards a New Social Contract (SteveCurwell).


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