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Hot Air

Hot Air

By (author) Erik L'Heureux


Publishing 9th Dec 2024
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    • Hot Air equips architects with theoretical insights and tangible practical examples from the equator, offering a comprehensive guide for design practice in a rapidly warming world
    • Tailored for architects, academics, and students, Hot Air elucidates the art of practicing architecture in a rapidly warming world
    • The content extensively covers passive strategies, low-energy innovations, decarbonisation methodologies, and pathways to attain net zero energy and carbon neutral footprints
    • These concepts are vividly exemplified through eight author-conceived projects, each intricately explored in the context of the intense urban conditions along the equator today
    • Substantial fresh content draws insights from an equatorial vantage point and is underpinned by a theoretical framework that traces between the global south and the global north
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    Hot Air is a monograph that situates and defines the hot air of the urban equator through the architecture and creative practice of Erik L’Heureux and the Office of Equatorial Intelligence.

    By critically evaluating intersections of architecture, the tropics, the equator, urbanisation, colonialism, mechanical cooling, and fossil fuel dependency, L’Heureux’s built work offers decarbonisation, passive comfort, and contextual case studies appropriate for the urban equator. The architectural projects are also the outcome of deeply personal and self-reflective thinking, having lived on the equator for 20 years.

    The book offers insights into the practice of architecture on the equator in an age of climate calamity. Themes embedded in a series of architectural projects engender writings on tropical representation, postcolonialism, monoliths, jungles, carbon, and others from diverse contributors. Each contributor offers a divergent inquiry and critical reflection on Hot Air, examining the architectural work through different cultural and geographical contexts while situating the work at the equator and in our rapidly warming world.

    About the Author

    Erik G. L’Heureux (PhD) FAIA is an award-winning architect based in Singapore. Through his creative design practice, the Office of Equatorial Intelligence, Erik specialises in designing for the dense equatorial city in a rapidly warming world. He employs simple monolithic forms and delicate veils to harmonise buildings, interiors, and experiences with the hot air of the urban equator, resulting in delightful and surprising outcomes. Erik holds the position of Dean’s Chair Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, where he imparts his knowledge to the next generation of architects, nurturing their commitment to decarbonisation and the creation of planet-positive architecture tailored for the equator.

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    Publish date
    9th Dec 2024
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
    280 mm x 200 mm
    232 Pages
    200 color
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