The Architecture of the Well Tempered Environment

The Architecture of the Well Tempered Environment

This book discusses as well the kind of technology of environment in the 19th century. The final chapter deals with the liberation of architecture from the ballast of structure. This book is a valuable resource for architects.

Author: Reyner Banham

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9781483141015

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 296

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The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment presents the fundamental aspects of the architecture of the well-tempered environment. This book considers what architects had taken to be the proper use and exploitation of mechanical environmental controls, and shows how this had manifested itself in the design of their buildings. Organized into 12 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the history of the mechanization of environmental management. This text then explains the accumulation of capital goods and equipment needed to produce a moderate level of civilized culture in pre-technological societies, which requires that building materials be treated as if valuable and permanent. Other chapters consider that it is necessary not only to create habitable environments, but to conserve them. This book discusses as well the kind of technology of environment in the 19th century. The final chapter deals with the liberation of architecture from the ballast of structure. This book is a valuable resource for architects.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech

55 Banham, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (London: Architectural
Press, 1960), 326. 56 Banham, Well-Tempered Environment, 1st ed., 17,
Banham's emphases. 57 Banham, Well-Tempered Environment, 1st ed., 13.

Author: Todd Gannon

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9781606065303

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. Taking as a guide Banham’s habit of structuring his writings around dialectical tensions, Todd Gannon sheds new light on Banham’s early engagement with the New Brutalism of Alison and Peter Smithson, his measured enthusiasm for the “clip-on” approach developed by Cedric Price and the Archigram group, his advocacy of “well-tempered environments” fostered by integrated mechanical and electrical systems, and his late-career assessments of High Tech practitioners such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Renzo Piano. Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham’s late work, including fresh archival materials related to Making Architecture: The Paradoxes of High Tech, the manuscript he left unfinished at his death in 1988. For the first time, readers will have access to Banham’s previously unpublished draft introduction to that book.
Categories: Architecture

The Environmental Imagination

The Environmental Imagination

2 Reyner Banham, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, The
Architectural Press, London, 1960. 3 Peter ... 5 Reyner Banham, The Architecture
of the Well- tempered Environment, The Architectural Press, London, 1969. 6
Robert ...

Author: Dean Hawkes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415360869

Category: Architecture

Page: 233

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This title, from a well-regarded and established expert, explores the changing relationship between the poetic intentions and technical means of environmental design in architecture. Working thematically and chronologically from the eighteenth century to the present day, these essays reach beyond the narrow conventional view of the purely technical to encompass the poetics of architecture, redefining the historiography of environmental design. Through an assessment of the works of several leading figures throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hawkes deftly shows the growth of environmental awareness and adds a consideration of the qualitative dimension of the environment to the existing, primarily technological, narratives. Essays on earlier buildings highlight the response of pioneering architects to the 'new' technologies of mechanical services and their influence on the form of buildings, while the late twentieth-century design is explored in particular depth to illustrate individual strands of the environmental diversity of modern practice.
Categories: Architecture

The Responsive Environment

The Responsive Environment

Reyner Banham, The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1966). 16. Banham distinguishes three types of
architectural environmental control: “selective” control, which attempts to keep ...

Author: Larry D. Busbea

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452960722

Category: Design

Page: 344

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How new conceptions of human–environment interaction became central to design theories and practices in the 1970s At the end of the 1960s, new models of responsiveness between humans and their environments had a profound impact on theories and practices in architecture, design, art, technology, media, and the sciences. The resulting initiatives—design philosophies, art installations, architectural projects, exhibitions, publications, and symposia—sought to bring together insights from biology, systems theory, psychology, and anthropology with modernist legacies of total design. In The Responsive Environment, Larry D. Busbea takes up this concept of environment as an object and method of design at the height of its aesthetic, technical, and discursive elaboration. Exploring emerging paradigms of environmental perception, patterning, and control as developed by Gregory Bateson, Edward T. Hall, Wolf Hilbertz, György Kepes, Marshall McLuhan, Nicholas Negroponte, Paolo Soleri, and others, he shows how living space itself was reimagined as a domain capable of modification through input from its newly sensitized inhabitants. The Responsive Environment intercuts the development of new ideas about environmental awareness with case studies of specific architecture and design projects for responsive environments. Throughout, Busbea connects these theories and practices to the contemporary obsession with “smart” things: responsive technologies, intelligent environments, biomimetic materials, and digital atmospherics.
Categories: Design

Rethinking Architectural Technology

Rethinking Architectural Technology

But for all his criticism of architecture as monument, he strongly objected when
the Well-Tempered Environment was cataloged under technology. Like the
Futurists, he saw technology as the redemption of design. The essay was
reprinted at ...

Author: William W. Braham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134279340

Category: Architecture

Page: 488

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This essential reference for all students of architecture, design and the built environment provides a convenient single source for all the key texts in the recent literature on architecture and technology. The book contains over fifty carefully selected essays, manifestoes, reflections and theories by architects and architectural writers from 1900 to 2004. This mapping out of a century of architectural technology reveals the discipline's long and close attention to the experience and effects of new technologies, and provides a broad picture of the shift from the 'age of tools' to the 'age of systems'. Chronological arrangement and cross-referencing of the articles enable both a thematic and historically contextual understanding of the topic and highlight important thematic connections across time. With the ever increasing pace of technological change, this Reader presents a clear understanding of the context in which it has and does affect architecture.
Categories: Architecture

Author: Hassan Fathy


ISBN: UVA:X004121938

Category: Architecture, Domestic

Page: 62

View: 255

Categories: Architecture, Domestic

Summerson and Hitchcock

Summerson and Hitchcock

1 2 9 ΤΟ II 12 13 Reyner Banham , ' A Set of Actual Monuments ' , The
Architectural Review ( April 1989 ) , p . 89 . In the book ' s ... Banham , The
Architecture of the Well - tempered Environment ( London , 1969 ) , p . 93 .
Goldberger quoted in ...

Author: Frank E. Salmon

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: UOM:39015063179421

Category: Architecture

Page: 365

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Categories: Architecture

Environmental Diversity in Architecture

Environmental Diversity in Architecture

References Banham, P. R. (1969) The Architecture of the Well-tempered
Environment, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Colquhoun, A. (1991)
Modernity and the Classical Tradition, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press. Frampton, K.
(1992) ...

Author: Mary Ann Steane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134378661

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

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This book takes the position that the dynamic of the architectural environment is a key aspect of good design, yet one which is not well anticipated or understood. Environmental variety is a design characteristic closely related to our experience of architecture - an architecture of the senses. Each chapter demonstrates how an understanding of a particular context or environmental characteristic in dynamic terms informs design. The book is an antidote to the misconceptions of 'optimum' environmental performance or fixed criteria, instead embracing the richness of environmental variety.
Categories: Architecture

Building Types and Built Forms

Building Types and Built Forms

... of Infection pp.196-7; Taylor, The Architect and the Pavilion Hospital pp.169-70
86 William Henman, Letter, The Builder, ... 1797-1997, Blackstaff Press, Belfast
1997; and Banham, Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment pp.75-83.

Author: Philip Steadman

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781783062591

Category: Architecture

Page: 420

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Building Types and Built Forms weaves two books together in alternating chapters: one about the history of building types, the other about their geometry. The first book follows the histories of some common types of building: houses, hospitals, schools, offices and prisons. Examples are drawn from the 19th and early 20th centuries in France, America and Britain, with the central focus on London. They include the 'pavilion hospitals' associated with the name of Florence Nightingale, English Board and Modernist schools of the 1920s and 30s, tall office buildings in Chicago and New York, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon penitentiary, and 'radial prisons' on the model of Cherry Hill and Pentonville. The second book takes these histories and uses them to explore how the forms of these buildings are constrained by some of the basic functions of architecture: to provide daylight and ventilation to the interior, to provide access to all rooms, or to allow occupants to see from one part of a building to another. A new way of thinking about these 'worlds of geometrical possibility' is introduced, in which the forms of many buildings can be catalogued and laid out systematically in 'morphospaces', or theoretical spaces of forms. As building types change over time, they come to occupy different positions within the worlds of possible forms. Building Types and Built Forms is filled with over 400 illustrations, many drawn especially for the book. It offers a new theoretical approach, combined with a series of historical accounts of building types, some well known, some less familiar. It should appeal to academics, practitioners, historians and students of architecture.
Categories: Architecture

The Selective Environment

The Selective Environment

Case Study 4 Strawberry Vale School, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
ARCHITECT: PATKAU ARCHITECTS 4. ... vast solar wall, was raised to iconic
status by Rayner Banham in The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment (

Author: Dean Hawkes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136746963

Category: Architecture

Page: 176

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The complex art of architecture embraces all of the concerns of the world's cultures. It meets the fundamental needs for shelter from the elements, but, almost from its origins, has acquired other purposes and meanings. The Selective Environment is an approach to environmentally responsive architectural design that seeks to make connections between the technical preoccupations of architectural science, and the necessity, never more urgent than today, to sustain cultural identity at a time of rapid global, technological change.
Categories: Architecture

Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture

Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture

Reyner Banham , The Architecture of the Well - Tempered Environment Given the
current resonance of Reyner Banham ' s above “ Unwarranted Apology ” to his
volume , written forty years ago , on the conditioning of buildings , it is apparent ...

Author: Kiel Moe

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 156898880X

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

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Departing from the simple question Why do we heat and cool buildings with air?, this book focuses on the technique of thermally active surfaces. This technique uses water in building surfaces to heat and cool bodies - a method that is at once more efficient, comfortable, and healthy. This technique thus imbues the fabric of the building with a more poignant role: its structure is also its primary heating and cooling system. In doing so, this approach triggers a cascading set of possibilities for how well buildings are built, how well they perform, and how long they will last: pointing the way toward multiple forms of sustainability. The first section of the book contrasts the parallel histories of thermally active surfaces and air conditioning. These histories explain the material, social, marketing, and technical unfolding of building technology in the twentieth century as a means to explain why we build the way we do and why that will change in the new century. The next section of the book covers the physiological and thermodynamic basis of thermally active surfaces. This section is designed for engineers and architects to grasp the logic and advantages of this technique. This section also includes a chapter on the de-fragmentation of buildings and design practice that is inherent in building with thermally active surfaces. The final section covers a series of contemporary case studies that demonstrate the efficacy of this technique. The project list currently includes Kunsthaus in Bregenz by Peter Zumthor, Zollverein School of Management in Essen, Germany by SANAA, and Linked Hybrid in Beijing by Steven Holl, amongst others.
Categories: Architecture

Air conditioning America

Air conditioning America

Engineers and the Controlled Environment, 1900-1960 Gail Cooper. 220 it at ...
The relationship of air conditioning to architecture is analyzed in Reyner
Banham's insightful book , The Architecture of the Well - tempered Environment (
Chicago ...

Author: Gail Cooper

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801871131

Category: Science

Page: 227

View: 459

Cooper demonstrates how the lure of the open air, from rooftop schoolrooms to open-air theaters to the front porch, challenged air conditioning. Americans were slow to give up the social rituals of hot-weather living - the cold drink, the cool clothes, the summer vacation - for the comforts of either the window air conditioner or the central system.
Categories: Science

Making the American Home

Making the American Home

11 For a more full account of the Sears family , see Sies , “ American Country
House Architecture in Context , " ch 7 , and ... Wright , Moralism and the Model
Home , and Reynar Banham , The Architecture of the Well - Tempered
Environment .

Author: Marilyn Ferris Motz

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 087972434X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 212

View: 328

The transformation of a house into a home has been in our culture a traditional task of women. The articles examine this process as they reflected the role of American middle-class women as homemakers in the years 1840–1940.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Rem Koolhaas OMA

Rem Koolhaas OMA

221 Cf. Reyner Banham , The Architecture of the WellTempered Environment ,
London , Architectural Press , 1969 . Jencks , Modern Movements cit . , pp . 104 ,
200. “ Eroticism and sophisticated technology , two primary preoccupations of the

Author: Roberto Gargiani

Publisher: EPFL Press

ISBN: 0415461456

Category: Architects

Page: 343

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This first critical monograph places the work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA in a cultural context that allows the reader to better understand the creative process of modern architecture, retracing the career of Rem Koolhaas in chronological and thematic order.
Categories: Architects

On Weathering

On Weathering

The Life of Buildings in Time Mohsen Mostafavi, David Leatherbarrow. 7. Alvaro
Siza y Vieira, Alvaro Siza: ... Precisions (Paris, 1930), pp. 64ff, cited in Reyner
Ban- ham, Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (Chicago, 1969), p.

Author: Mohsen Mostafavi

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026263144X

Category: Architecture

Page: 139

View: 617

In a clear and direct account, supplemented by photographs, Mostafavi and Leatherbarrow examine buildings and other projects to show that continual refinishing of a building by natural forces is a continuation of the building process rather than a force antagonistic to it. Original paperback.
Categories: Architecture

A Place of My Own

A Place of My Own

architecture were Robert Hughes, in his terrific chapter on modern architecture in
The Shock of the New (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), and Reyner Banham's
The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (London: The Architectural ...

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440655647

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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At a turning point in his life, writer Michael Pollan found himself dreaming of a small wood-frame hut in the woods near his house--a place to work, but also a "shelter for daydreams." Weaving the practical with the philosophical, this book presents a captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, the craft of building, and the meaning of modern work. Line drawings throughout. Size C. 320 pp. National ads & publicity. 35,000 print.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography



Select Bibliography This selection does not include readily available
monographs on individual architects, buildings or ... Reyner, The Architecture of
the Well-Tempered Environment [1969] (Chicago, 1984) —, Los Angeles: The
Architecture of ...

Author: Gwendolyn Wright

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861895400

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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From the Reliance Building and Coney Island to the Kimbell Museum and Disney Hall, the United States has been at the forefront of modern architecture. American life has generated many of the quintessential images of modern life, both generic types and particular buildings. Gwendolyn Wright’s USA is an engaging account of this evolution from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Upending conventional arguments about the origin of American modern architecture, Wright shows that it was not a mere offshoot of European modernism brought across the Atlantic Ocean by émigrés but rather an exciting, distinctive and mutable hybrid. USA traces a history that spans from early skyscrapers and suburbs in the aftermath of the American Civil War up to the museums, schools and ‘green architecture’ of today. Wright takes account of diverse interests that affected design, ranging from politicians and developers to ambitious immigrants and middle-class citizens. Famous and lesser-known buildings across America come together--model dwellings for German workers in rural Massachusetts, New York’s Rockefeller Center, Cincinnati’s Carew Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in the Arizona desert, the University of Miami campus, the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Plant, and the Corning Museum of Glass, among others--to show an extraordinary range of innovation. Ultimately, Wright reframes the history of American architecture as one of constantly evolving and volatile sensibilities, engaged with commerce, attuned to new media, exploring multiple concepts of freedom. The chapters are organized to show how changes in work life, home life and public life affected architecture--and vice versa. This book provides essential background for contemporary debates about affordable and luxury housing, avant-garde experiments, local identities, inspiring infrastructure and sustainable design. A clear, concise and richly illustrated account of modern American architecture, this timely book will be essential for all those who wonder about the remarkable legacy of American modernity in its most potent cultural expression.
Categories: Architecture

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings

In centuries past, however, there were special systems to provide outside air to
buildings, even at the residential scale. Banham (1969) describes both ... The
Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment. The Architectural Press. London.

Author: Walter T. Grondzik

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118039408

Category: Architecture

Page: 1792

View: 922

For more than half a century, this book has been a fixture in architecture and construction firms the world over. Twice awarded the AIA's Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings is recognized for its comprehensiveness, clarity of presentation, and timely coverage of new design trends and technologies. Addressing mechanical and electrical systems for buildings of all sizes, it provides design guidelines and detailed design procedures for each topic covered. Thoroughly updated to cover the latest technologies, new and emerging design trends, and relevant codes, this latest edition features more than 2,200 illustrations--200 new to this edition--and a companion Website with additional resources.
Categories: Architecture

Fundamental Trends in City Development

Fundamental Trends in City Development

... as happens in buildings made autonomous by the progress of technology, for
example, in technical plant design, as is clearly illustrated by Reyner Banham in
his book The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (Banham 1949).

Author: Giovanni Maciocco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540741798

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 349

The Reinvented City reflects on externity, the principal feature of a reinvented city. Three basic trends of the city are investigated; "discomposed", "generic" and "segregated" phenomena with the loss of the city as a space of social interaction and communication. Important questions are posed: What is the true public sphere in contemporary societies? What is the contemporary public space corresponding to it? In what way can the city project construct contemporary public space?
Categories: Political Science

Water resisting Basement Construction

Water resisting Basement Construction

... R. The architecture of the well-tempered environment Architectural Press, 1969
1.7 BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION Code of practice for protection of
buildings against water from the ground CP 102:1973, Sections 1 and 2
superseded ...

Author: Construction Industry Research and Information Association

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 0727720422

Category: Basements

Page: 189

View: 616

This report summarises current best practice and provides guidance on the construction and improvements of water resisting basements. It assists architects, engineers, surveyors and their clients with decision making on the control of the basement's internal environment, and the means of construction and maintenance. It takes account of viable construction methods - for both deep and shallow basements) together with the active and passive precautions available to achieve the most appropriate and economic environmental control system. Topics covered include internal and external environments; design of new basements; external drainage positions; water and vapour resistance of residential basements; refurbishment and upgrading techniques; rising groundwater; comparison of British design codes; example calculations for heating and ventilation; and materials.
Categories: Basements