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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Climatology and Building Design in West Africa
Author:Oguntoyinbo, J.S.
Year:1990
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Volume:5
Issue:1-2
Period:February-May
Pages:104-117
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:climate
dwellings
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Urbanization and Migration
urbanization
Urban climatology
Building design
City planning
Abstract:This article reviews the major climatological factors affecting building design in West Africa. A section presenting information on the West African climate is followed by sections discussing the relationship bewteen climate and traditional rural house types in West Africa, the implications of the urban climate for architectural design and urban planning, and building design and air conditioning. The paper concludes that while traditional building designs in West Africa have attempted to incorporate the climatic characteristics in different environments, modern architecture has introduced materials, shapes and structures which have not been fully adapted to the climatic environment. Bibliogr., sum.
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