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Thermal Delight in Architecture Paperback – December 5, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0262580397 ISBN-10: 026258039X

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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (December 5, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026258039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262580397
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Justin Aleo (justin-aleo@usa.net) on May 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
Of the many books I've read on architecture, this has been by far the most influential; it inspired by bachelor of architecture thesis. Heschong argues that thermal aesthetics in architecture, although almost universally overlooked, affect building users at least as much as visual aesthetics. She supports her thesis by naming dozens of examples linking thermal qualities to psychology/perception, culture, traditions, language, and, of course, architecture. The book is accessible to everyone and not just architects: it is not at all technical and is very concise. Yet it is thorough, and is sure to change the reader's perception of his or her thermal environments.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dmitriy Molla on October 9, 2009
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Thermal Delight in Architecture is an inspiring look at the thermal aspects of architecture (temperature and humidity), a frustrating and unexciting topic for many designers. Although this work came out of the energy crisis of the 70's, its implications could not be more relevant in our time. When most architects view thermal design as efficient heating and cooling systems, heat gain and heat loss and the challenge of creating an envelope with a high R-value, Heschong approaches this topic from a completely unique and refreshing perspective. Her focus is not on the technical and monotonous aspects of thermal conditions, she looks at this subject as an architectural designer, not a mechanic or an engineer, focusing on the social, emotional and experiential significance of the thermal through a historic and cultural lens. Her thesis, although not entirely resolved in this short work, makes an argument for a new approach to architectural design, where thermal aspects are not treated with neglect and contempt but are used to enrich the experience of the inhabitant both physically and emotionally.
Heschong begins her case with a look at the fundamental need for humans to stay warm and cool, dry and humid. She explores the history of mankind and how it dealt with this issue, the making of fires, shelters and places of protection from the heat of the sun. She makes a case that the human of the past dealt with this issue simply, but their solutions were full of rich experiences and allowed for a strong connection to nature. In a description of the igloo she explains how nature itself provided the protection from harmful aspects of nature and the fire was a central aspect of the home, it not only provided warmth but was the center of activity, the source of comfort and light.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Raposa on March 12, 2006
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I purchased this book for use with my Thesis research, and have been quite pleased with it. The book brings up ideas about human perception of spaces as influenced by thermal conditions. It goes into historical examples very nicely, but it is a little weak on more contemporary works. That being said, it is quite easy to apply the proposals to any work of architecture. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in 1) architecture or 2) human perception. For someone that is interested in the human perception of architecture, it's a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By t22money on January 2, 2013
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A great way to re-orient yourself to think about intelligent design. Technology can certainly solve any problem, but often times it is far simpler/cheaper/easier to plan ahead, think carefully, and use passive strategies to your advantage. Part design, part architecture/building science, part lifestyle/philosophy. Just really enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Szczelkun on February 18, 2012
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This book brought a lot of reservations I had about my architectural education into focus. The viewpoint of architecture as a thermal art more fundementaly than it is about 'the play of light and shade' has yet to have had the influence on architectural education that it should have.
Out thermal sense is hot one that is part of the usual FIVE. It is overlooked and yet fundemental to our well-being.
This book is in my top ten most influential.
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