Sustainable Building Design : Learning from Nineteenth Century Innovations
A new renaissance of the twenty-first century is emerging in architecture. After living with air conditioning and oversized mechanical systems in buildings characterized by high energy demand, low quality lighting and poor thermal comfort, it is again time to learn from the past while seeking solutions for the future.
This book explores the artistry of architectural masters of design who came before.
By dissecting and analysing great public buildings of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, materials, techniques, and methods are discovered. This book presents the reader with clues and suggestions that will reveal the secrets of these buildings and by doing so provide the reader with a thorough understanding of how these architectural masterpieces work.
Using photographs, drawings, sections, plans and diagrams which are painstakingly redrawn for consistency and clarity by the author based on a wide range of documentation, the author compares works from the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.