Sustaining a Subtropical Response

Crowther, Philip (2006) Sustaining a Subtropical Response. In Subtropical Cities 2006, 27-29 September 2006, Brisbane, Australia.


This conference calls for "debate about achieving ecologically sustainable urbanism in subtropical settlements through attention to climate responsive design". Climate responsive design would seem to imply the need for differing responses for differing climates. As such we might see a subtropical climate as requiring a unique response, unlike that required in temperate or tropical climates. What then would be the major defining characteristics of such a ‘subtropical response’?

Sustainable development is presented here as a new technological paradigm; one with a new set of belief systems, framed as a model of sustainable construction, and a set of puzzle solutions, or technologies for achieving improved levels of sustainable activity. Such a universal paradigm for sustainable development can be seen to guide activity only to a certain point, beyond which contextual issues (climatic, social, and environmental) must play a part in shaping meaningful trajectories of development.

This paper shows how in guiding the application of technologies, to achieve the goals of a set of cultural belief systems, our actions must be tempered with an understanding of regional conditions, such as a subtropical context. It stops short of identifying particular subtropical characteristics, but does, by example, show how a subtropical context has measurable impacts on the application of sustainable technologies. In particular the example of the characteristics of energy use in a subtropical context can be seen to suggest the need for a genuinely subtropical response.

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ID Code: 5378
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: model, paradigm, principles, regionalism, subtropical, sustainability
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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