Examining and teachning passive climate control in a cross-culturally comparative way requires that the central conceptual premise of Western Sustainability be abandoned: the complete control of the indoor climate. The concept of ‘control’ represents the centre of gravity in today’s climate-discourse in architecture. ‘Control’ is a paradigm of building services engineering, which dominates meanwhile comprehensively the way in which architecture is thought of in relation to climate. Since the middle of the 20th century, in workplace and housing design the need for control was accompanied by an increasing standardisation of indoor temperature, which in the meantime has grown into a powerful global standard. All over the world we are striving to maintain air at 20°C and with 50 % relative humidity.