Friday, 29 July 2016

Alan Short's new book 'The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture' published by Taylor and Francis 20th January 2017

C.Alan Short (2017) 'The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture', Taylor and Francis, London. 

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Five years in the making, 110,000 words and over 300 full colour illustrations, Alan Short's new book fundamentally questions the capability of  the contemporary architectural idiom and its antecedents to cope with a changing climate. The recurrent forms for our principle building types were devised in the very different conditions of the mid-twentieth century and now need to be fundamentally re-invented. Prototypes for this reinvention were developing in very interesting and increasingly sophisticated ways until the introduction of ‘artificial weather’ in the late 1920s. Artificial weather released the design of buildings from the need to be responsive in any way to their external environments, impoverishing their meaning and their occupants' experience. This book exhumes these lost ideas, reinforces them with contemporary scientific insight and proposes a recovery of the lost art and science of making more naturally conditioned buildings. It is heavily illustrated with a series of innovative buildings including those designed by the author's research-based practice which have won international recognition and awards.

CIBSE Carter Bronze Medal 2016

The Carter Bronze Medal 2016  is awarded to Alan Short by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers for the most highly rated paper relating to application and development:

 Short C.A., Lomas K.J., Renganathan G.,(2015) A medium-rise1970’s maternity hospital in the east of England: resilience and adaptation to climate change, Building, Services, Engineering, Research, Technology (BSERT), special issue ‘Indoor Temperature and Air Quality’ 0(0) 1-28, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/0143624414567544,  

Saturday, 6 February 2016

See the new website for Clare Hall Cambridge:

Monday, 1 February 2016

Prof. Short is the PI for the major new EPSRC-NSFC funded project, 'Low Carbon environmentally responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities' (LoHCool) in collaboration with the Universities of Chongqing and Zhejiang in China, the Departments of Engineering and Geography at Cambridge and the Universities of Reading and Loughborough in the UK, an investigation into the adaptation opportunities within the mega cities of the Hot Summer-Cold Winter zone in China, home to some 500 Million people.