The Bartlett School of Architecture


Weather Architecture

Hill, Weather Architecture

4 October 2011

Jonathan Hill (London: Routledge, 2012)

Further extending Jonathan Hill's investigation of authorship, this book recognizes the weather as a creative architectural force alongside the designer and user. Although acknowledging the influence of the client, contractor and engineer, the relations between the designer, user and weather are the focus of this book. Environmental discussions in architecture tend to focus on the practical or the poetic but here they are considered together.

Rather than investigate architecture’s relations to the weather in isolation, they are integrated into a wider discussion of cultural and social influences on architecture. The analysis of weather's effects on the design and experience of specific buildings and gardens is interwoven with a historical survey of changing attitudes to the weather in the arts, sciences and society, leading to a critical re-evaluation of contemporary responses to climate change.