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Tropical Architecture: Sustainable and Humane Building in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia [Hardcover]

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This forward-thinking survey considers the challenges of making buildings that withstand the vagaries of climate, economy, and limited resources.

Although the tropics cover nearly forty percent of the world's surface, from rain forests to dry desert regions, the architecture of this climactically extreme geographic area has largely gone unnoticed. With exploding populations and numerous ecological and economic concerns, the regions are looking increasingly toward sustainable solutions. In this unique study Wolfgang Lauber explores the ways traditional, pre-colonial structures were better adapted to the area's topography and climate than more modern structures built by European settlers. Numerous photographs, illustrations, and plans examine the continuum of tropical architecture---from the mud hut to the colonial mansion, from bamboo sheds to high-rises, from spontaneous building to urban planning. Studies of the works of such contemporary architects as Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, and Renzo Piano show how modern theories can be adapted to the vernacular cultures in Africa, the Americas, and Asia to create buildings that are both humane and ecologically sound.



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Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 11"
Weight:   3.14 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 20, 2005
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791331353  
ISBN13  9783791331355  


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2Books > Subjects > History > Africa > South Africa
3Books > Subjects > Outdoors & Nature > Environment
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Criticism
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
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