Eco-architecture: Harmonisation Between Architecture and Nature

Unlike the mechanistic buildings it replaces, Eco-Architecture is in harmony with nature, including its immediate environs. Decisions have to be taken on ecological grounds concerning locations, siting and orientation, as well as the well-informed choice of materials. Eco-Architecture is by definition inter-disciplinary; it requires the collaboration of engineers, planners, physicists, sociologists, economists, and other specialists, in addition to architects. The papers contained in this book were written by different specialists and attempt to focus on the interdisciplinary character of eco-architecture. Featuring papers from the First International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, the featured topics include: Ecological and cultural sensitivity; Historical and philosophical aspects; Design with nature; Assessment and selection of materials; Natural technologies; Design by passive systems; Building operation and maintenance; and, Water conservation.