Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature
Edited By: S. Hernández, University of La Coruna, Spain, C.A. Brebbia, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK and W.P. De Wilde, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
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WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
This book contains most of the papers presented at the 2010 International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature (ECO-ARCHITECTURE 2010), which was the third iteration of the conference. Previous in the successful series were held in 2006 and the 2008.The papers from the conference series are important in discussing the characteristics and challenges of such architectural vision.
Eco-Architecture implies a new approach to the design process, intended to harmonise its products with nature. This involves ideas such as minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, taking into account the amount required during the extraction and transportation of materials, their fabrication, assembly, building erection, maintenance and eventual future recycling.
Presentations in the conference were related to topics like building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, ecological and cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, quantifying sustainability in architecture, resources and rehabilitation, and issues from education, research and practice. Case studies from different places around the world were also presented.