Housing Typologies: Topographic and Climatic Responses

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This piece explores a sample of housing responding to site-specific local conditions such as topography, flooding or micro-climate. This sixth of seven in our typologies series illustrates responses to steep topography, high rainfall and sunlight. Illustrated by mapping, photography and scale drawings, our aim is to show the linkage between design of the house and the place of which it forms a part.

Sloping land, wind, rainfall and a precious low winter sun, are just a few of the distinctive characteristics influencing the siting and design of housing in Scotland.

Here we illustrate built examples where architects and urban designers have sought to reconcile contemporary living with the wider roles and functions of the individual house that are integral to placemaking.

Part of the Key Placemaking Issues: Housing series of articles and documents.

Housing Typologies: Edge

This piece explores a sample of housing forming edges to parks, public open space and the wider landscape.

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