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

From the Publisher
'It represents a critical step on the long road towards a sustainable society by opening a dialogue on the disconnections that prevent international green building research from connecting meaningfully with local conditions.'

BRI August 2004.

'The contributions to the book act as inspiration and stimulus by reminding us of the critical importance of of the cultural embodiment of architecture. and by setting an agenda for future research, education and practice.'

BRI August 2004.

'This book suggests a positive path foward to form a framework and critically engage with local culture and social expectations into solutions for the built environment. It should be read by everyone interested in the built environment, technology and information transfer.'

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

'The readings are dense and informative, and should be useful in broadening discourse on sustainability to include culture as indispensable component of project success' Traditional Dwellings and 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 the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction: Knowledge, Values and Building Design (Raymond J. 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 Environmental Building Techniques (David M. Gann).

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

6. Cultural Issues for a Sustainable Built Environment (Niklaus Kohler).

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 of the 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 and Information Exchange (Steve Curwell).

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


14. Section Introduction: Understanding Process (Jeffrey Cook).

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

16. Social and Organisational Understanding of Stakeholder Interests (Pascale Michaud).

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

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

19. Cultural Aspects of Environmental Housing in Japan (Kazuo Iwamura).

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


21. Afterword: Towards a New Social Contract (Steve Curwell).


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