Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future

Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future

Available Soon: Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future Dan Willis, William W. Braham, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Daniel A. Barber How does one tell the story of energy production, use, or conservation in a manner sufficiently convincing to influence policy, behavior, and design? Energy Accounts explores potential answers to this question through compelling […] more…
Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts

Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts

NOW AVAILABLE   Architecture and Systems Ecology Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts By William W. Braham Modern buildings are both wasteful machines that can be made more efficient and instruments of the massive, metropolitan system engendered by the power of high-quality fuels. A comprehensive method of environmental design must reconcile the […] more…
Architecture and Energy: Performance and Design

Architecture and Energy: Performance and Design

Just Published: Architecture and Energy: Performance and Design (London: Routledge, 2013) more…
The Century of Modern Color in Architecture

The Century of Modern Color in Architecture

Color is usually a secondary aspect of architecture, but through the 19th and early 20th centuries it became an explicit issue of debate, inspired by the experiments of scientists and fueled by the close interaction among the artistic and architectural avant-gardes. Through that period, discussions about color were integral to the formation of a modern […] more…
Waste and Dirt: Notes on the Architecture of Compost

Waste and Dirt: Notes on the Architecture of Compost

Eating is messy. It is a fact of life-and even of not-quite-life- that every act of consumption produces waste. Even the most thoroughgoingvegan consuming raw food right from the plant can only extract so much value from food and will later leave a little pile of waste, somewhere. It is even messier when we consider […] more…

Environmental Building Design: Forms of Emergy

The proposition that self-organization for maximum power could offer criteria for environmental building design is compelling, but what forms of building does this indicate? The use of emergy analysis overcomes the discounting of environmental energies, but the literature on emergy and building design suggest two quite different scales of objectives that might be considered. The […] more…

Waste, Work, and Worth

For most of human history, people could be divided into two classes: those who carried their daily water, and an elite who had someone else carry it for them. Water is quite heavy; approximately 8 pounds per gallon and moving it takes work. As a result, it is little surprise that people who have to […] more…

Architecture and Energy (Again)

Introduction from: William W. Braham & Dan Willis, Architecture and Energy: Performance and Design (London: Routledge, 2013) ARCHITECTURE AND ENERGY (Again) Energy is an abstract concept. Formalized in the nineteenth century for the calculations of thermodynamics, it is a largely metaphorical term in everyday usage, where it can represent everything from personal vitality to national […] more…

Household Power: How Much is Enough?

ABSTRACT: High-performance building design is a technique for maximizing useful power, for extracting more work from the same amount of energy-a prime goal of engineering . Yet the fact that most individual households seek to maintain and enhance acquired levels of power is rarely considered. By expanding the subject from houses to households, the question […] more…

Household conditioning (if you are cold, put on a sweater)

In my childhood home there was a note taped next to the thermostat that said, “if you are cold, put on a sweater.” It was written by my mother, who had learned her frugal habits during the Depression, but the note crisply summarizes the issues raised by environmental conditioning. The first is that conditioning is […] more…
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