Ferdinand Oswald

is Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning Creative Arts and Industries (CAI), The University of Auckland. He was also Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture Technology at Graz University.



tulou urbanus

Wall instead of air conditioner

Climate-regulating shells in subtropical residential housing

Contemporary architecture seems to have forgotten about the walls as a protection against external heat; they heavily rely on air conditioners instead, which not only use extreme amounts of electricity but also create urban heat islands, thus worsening the microclimate. A better solution is to revisit traditional architectural solutions, such as the Tulou roundhouses, which can inspire less demanding contemporary technologies.

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