Bruno Stagno Overview

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Abstract

Environmental design in architecture encompasses factors relating to the natural environment, and can be measured through the various green building council principles and guidelines. However it also needs to be seen holistically as an expression of culture, it defines the human environment. In this way regionalism is important, successful environmental design tempers and is able to manipulate the climate, or human senses, or both, here the thermal experience is introduced and the ecology of heat is important. Today, with the evidence to climate change indisputable, successful tempering, of the climate; this ecology of heat for human comfort range cannot simply be through the air-conditioner, it can
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Today, with the evidence to climate change indisputable, successful tempering, of the climate; this ecology of heat for human comfort range cannot simply be through the air-conditioned steady state syndrome, it can turn to GBC's as a first step, but additionally it must look to design for the climate, for regionalism. It must look to acknowledged the human thermal adaptability and use specific techniques and strategies to use this to its advantage. Bruno Stagno spent the better part of his early architectural life investigating this idea within the realm of the tropics. While basing himself in Costa Rica, he continuously sought out the architecture for a latitude. Despite slight variances stylistically, the architecture of his specific latitude had a series of common traits, that would each get adapted and applied to the micro climates and “everyday truths and customs” of a specific area. Stagno argues that historically, anonymous builders, in touch with these micro climates were applying intelligent uses of his available resources and “moments of design”. Moments such as rain, wind, sun and topography, as well as living requirements of the people merged to such an eminently successful architecture as to produce delight. These pieces of architecture, for Stagno illuminated “a profound significance of the concept of informality in architectural expression”, so far removed

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