AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler, Madlen Kobi, Dalila Ghodbane, Lionel Epiney
CONTEXT: Seminar FS2016, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio
By focusing on the stabilization of thermal conditions inside of buildings, comfort research in the 20th century neglected to acknowledge the empirical reality of overlapping thermal zones. Cities are full of smooth thermal transitions between the interior and exterior of buildings. This seminar highlights the interdisciplinary concept of the “microclimate“; it provides various insights into howto investigate microclimates by means of ethnographic studies. The methodological considerations on ethnographic description of microclimates will be linked to exercises conducted by the students. The crucial task of a microclimate ethnography consists of comprehending the manmade materiality of a microclimate, even though it appears to be a natural, nonmaterial, and physical phenomenon.
Ian J. Ewart - ENGINEERING ANTHROPOLOGY
Heid Jerstad - WEATHER ETHNOGRAPHY