Buildings, Culture and Environment: Informing Local and Global Practices
October 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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
- 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?
1. Introduction: Knowledge, Values and Building Design (Raymond J. Cole and Richard Lorch).
SECTION I: UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT.
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).
SECTION II: UNDERSTANDING EXPECTATIONS.
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).
SECTION III: UNDERSTANDING PROCESS.
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).
SECTION IV. AFTERWORD.
21. Afterword: Towards a New Social Contract (Steve Curwell).
Richard Lorch is an architect and editor of the international journal, Building Research and Information.
* shows how building knowledge is being exchanged across cultures
* defines the tools needed for exchanging and applying global information
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
Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 16 issue 1,
'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