The Learning Process Related to Architecture and the Atmosphere

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Abstract

There has been a rapidly growing awareness in the past few years of the role that the atmospheric scientist can play in assisting the architect to achieve a structure that is designed for, and not in spite of, the climate. The concept of a comfortable cryptoclimate is developed, and the recent history of the intercommunication between the disciplines is discussed. Some examples of basic ideas developed from studies of primitive architecture are cited also. The outline of a course in meteorology, specifically designed for architectural students, that has been taught at Texas A&M University for nine years is described together with certain relevant observations and techniques. Some of the more surprising findings in this interdisciplinary field are detailed.

Abstract

There has been a rapidly growing awareness in the past few years of the role that the atmospheric scientist can play in assisting the architect to achieve a structure that is designed for, and not in spite of, the climate. The concept of a comfortable cryptoclimate is developed, and the recent history of the intercommunication between the disciplines is discussed. Some examples of basic ideas developed from studies of primitive architecture are cited also. The outline of a course in meteorology, specifically designed for architectural students, that has been taught at Texas A&M University for nine years is described together with certain relevant observations and techniques. Some of the more surprising findings in this interdisciplinary field are detailed.

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