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Tropical Design Lecture 1: Global Climate and Solar Architecture


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Lecture 1: Global Climate and Solar Architecture
Tropical Design for Architecture – Philippines

Tropical Design is the STRATEGIC arrangement of elements in buildings and structures to respond to specific conditions of weather, sun and climate prevalent in the Tropic Region.

Tropical Region – is a region above or below the Equator. The Tropic of Cancer is in the northern hemisphere and Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere.

Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn – are Geographical Locations in the Globe considered in the “Tropical Area”.

Climate measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation in a given region over long periods of time.

Weather is the momentary state of atmospheric environment at a certain location.

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1. Tropical (Hot-Wet)

2. Dry (Hot-Dry / Dessert)

3. Moderate Climate – mild temperatures that can get hot during the summer. Average temperature above 10 °C (50 °F) in summer and between −3 and 18 °C (27 and 64 °F) during winter.

4. Continental Climate – characterized by important annual variation in temperature due to the lack of significant bodies of water nearby.

5. Polar Climate – characterized by a lack of warm summers. Average temperature below 10 °C (50 °F).
-The sun shines 24 hours in the summer, and none in the winter.
-Polar climate results in treeless tundra, glaciers, or a permanent or semi-permanent layer of ice.


Maximize wind exposure
Maximize internal airflow
Minimize radiant heat gain

Minimize radiant heat gain
Moderate wind resistance
Moderate internal airflow

Maximize thermal retention
Maximize radiant heat gain
Mminiize wind resistance

Moderate thermal retention
Moderate radiant heat gain
Slight wind exposure (for humidity control)
Moderate internal airflow


Author: Archian

An Architect, Blogger and Strategic Thinker

2 thoughts on “Tropical Design Lecture 1: Global Climate and Solar Architecture

  1. Hello, I’m an Architecture Student from PUP and I would like to consult you regarding our plate about city hall, I already have a schematic design but I think I can only show It thru email. it would be a great if you will allow me and I am anxious to learn more especially outside our school. thank you very much and good day.

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