Thermal Comfort in Transition Spaces in Desert Communities: The Study of Cases in Tucson, Arizona

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Title:
Thermal Comfort in Transition Spaces in Desert Communities: The Study of Cases in Tucson, Arizona
Author:
Ilham, Samia
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The objectives of the study is to examine the relationship and effectiveness of the transition space in front of the entries of a building. Transitional Space is the space in between a mechanically conditioned space and natural outdoor space, which is influenced by the external climate but architecturally bounded by the building. This study started with this goal of introducing a zone in between the air conditioned interior and natural outdoor to break the tendency of separating these two layers by a thin layer of glass door. A comfortable thermal environment in the transition zone will encourage activities to spill out of the building creating an alive and vibrant atmosphere. During this study to explore and examine the requirements of a transition space in a hot arid region like Tucson, Arizona, historical examples from similar climatic zones were identified and studied. Some local examples were also observed to determine the effectiveness of the different strategies used to achieve a thermally and visually comfortable environment. Four Buildings were selected based on the orientation of their entries in the University of Arizona campus. After analyzing some strategies were developed for these entries.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Architecture
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThermal Comfort in Transition Spaces in Desert Communities: The Study of Cases in Tucson, Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorIlham, Samiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorIlham, Samiaen_US
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe objectives of the study is to examine the relationship and effectiveness of the transition space in front of the entries of a building. Transitional Space is the space in between a mechanically conditioned space and natural outdoor space, which is influenced by the external climate but architecturally bounded by the building. This study started with this goal of introducing a zone in between the air conditioned interior and natural outdoor to break the tendency of separating these two layers by a thin layer of glass door. A comfortable thermal environment in the transition zone will encourage activities to spill out of the building creating an alive and vibrant atmosphere. During this study to explore and examine the requirements of a transition space in a hot arid region like Tucson, Arizona, historical examples from similar climatic zones were identified and studied. Some local examples were also observed to determine the effectiveness of the different strategies used to achieve a thermally and visually comfortable environment. Four Buildings were selected based on the orientation of their entries in the University of Arizona campus. After analyzing some strategies were developed for these entries.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChalfoun, Naderen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMedlin, Larryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHammann, Ralphen_US
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