Title: Climate responsive approach to architecture design

Authors: Alpana R. Dongre

Addresses: Department of Architecture and Planning, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra – 440 011, India

Abstract: This paper is an attempt to document an experimental approach to studio design project at level 3 of architecture education. Experiential learning, especially at lower levels, helps in analysing, synthesising, and evaluating the design scientifically and logically. The studio project is of |multiple dwelling| and the thrust is on the climatic sensitivity. Sun and wind studies have been carried out at unit, cluster and layout levels. This studio exercise aimed at generating a stimulus amongst pupils for the climatic issues and integration of climatology as a subject into the design studio. Sundial and the wind stimulator have been the tools used for arriving at design decisions.

Keywords: experiential learning; sundials; wind stimulator; laminar flow; turbulence; climate responsive; design studio research; architecture education; climatology; design process.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2011.043361

Journal of Design Research, 2011 Vol.9 No.4, pp.321 - 338

Available online: 26 Oct 2011 *

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