Thursday, 24 April 2014

Facades and Fashion

Text: Nor Azua Ruslan 

[ Dressing Architecture : Colour, Style & Fashion ]
In Relation With Architects and Clothing

Original works submitted to the Manchester School of Architecture for the Bachelor of Architecture dated April 2009. Received a commendation in Summer 2010.

2.5] Facades and Fashion
·       Architectural (Façade) Period and Style: Classical, Early Christian and Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Colonial, Georgian, Neoclassical, Greek, Victorian, Arts and Craft, Art Nuevo, Neo-Gothic, Art Deco, Art Modern, Deconstructivism, Formalism, Modernism, Structuralism, and Postmodernism.  
·       Facades in Climate: Architects and designer should be able to demonstrate a building design that involves a relation between the building and the climate. Since we have seen how similar the facade was to the clothing, we should be able to resemble it as a climate-responsive architecture. In cold climate, double glazed facade with thermal insulation is used to create a thermal-comfort building that is responsive to the cold weather. In hot climate, only single glazed facade is used, but sun shading or overhangs are needed to prevent from glare and rain.

 .... The first documentation of architectural design with climate interests in mind dates back to fourth century B.C. in Greece. The philosopher Vitruvius is quoted as saying, “We must at the outset take note of the countries and climates in which buildings are built..........Vernacular architecture varies for regions of hot climate and regions of cold climate. Many of the same techniques are employed, but it is the way they are used in each respective climate that makes them unique.[4]

[4] Lauren T. (2003), Climate and Architecture in Report for Honor's Section 8 of MET1010:Introduction to the Atmosphere. Florida State Universty: United State (accessed on Feb 2009)