Glenn Murcutt: Staying Cool Is a Breeze

Glenn Murcutt

Nature is a messy place. It's always changing, often inhospitable and frequently excessive. For buildings and homes, we crave stability, consistency, moderation: in a word, shelter. So while on paper environmental architecture makes perfect sense--buildings should be in tune with their environment--in reality, it's not practical. Each dwelling, it seems, must have its own mini-environment, with its own temperature, air flow and water and lighting systems.

But what if homes could adjust to the ever changing environment, as humans do? People take off or put on clothes according to the weather or their activity; why shouldn't their homes? This is one...

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