טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
Ph.D Thesis
Ph.D StudentRaviv Noga
SubjectArchitectural Content in Climate-Conscious Design:
The Case of the 1970's and the 1980's in the Usa
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Professor Daniel Gat
Mr. Milo-Emil Hoffman


Abstract

The research investigates the architectural content of climate-conscious design in the 1970’s and the 1980’s in the USA. Its hypothesis is that it is a complex phenomenon which reflects both physical and spiritual human needs through physical and content-filled terms, accordingly. The content which fills the latter stems from the various aspects integrated in architecture design. The main purpose of the research is to characterize this unique content in climate conscious design.

The research method is an analysis of climate-conscious architects’ design intentions and the means of achieving them, as expressed in articles and projects. The analysis tool is the ‘Strata Model’, which represents the typical hierarchical complexity of architecture, and includes the physical and content-filled terms mentioned above. An emphasis is put in the research on content-filled terms of concept and of perception. The analysis leads to the identification of the specific architectural content which fills those terms in climate-conscious design.

This identification leads to the conclusions of the research. First, the unique architectural content which climate-consciousness creates is characterized. In terms of perception, climate-consciousness is identified as inherent in our perceptions having special meaning and treating physical and spiritual experiences. In terms of concept, climate-conscious concepts and motives are identified.

Second, the research identifies issues of integration with various design aspects: the human issue, several issues relating to architectural place, and the connection with the outside. Those issues create new design "opportunities".