Design with Microclimate argues that, as the climate changes and fuels become increasingly expensive, appropriate design of outdoor spaces will become critical. In this practical, informative book, Robert Brown uses vivid illustrations and examples and provides practical tools that can be used in everyday design practice. The heart of the book is Brown's own design process, as he includes useful guidelines to lead designers clearly through the complexity of climate data, precedents, site assessment, microclimate modification, communication, design, and evaluation. Brown strikes an ideal balance of technical information, anecdotes, examples, and illustrations to keep the book engaging and accessible. His emphasis throughout is on creating microclimates that attend to the comfort, health, and well-being of people, animals, and plants.
Robert D. Brown, MLA, PhD, CSLA, ASLA, FCELA; Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and recipient of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects 2007 Teaching Medal.
Professor Brown specializes in the study of microclimatic design and human thermal comfort modeling. He and his students engage in basic and applied research in a wide range of landscapes around the world - from the very hot to the very cold.
Bob is co-author of the book entitled "Microclimatic Landscape Design: Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency", published by John Wiley & Sons, which continues to be the international standard on the topic. He also wrote the book "Landscape Assessment for Planning and Design" and co-edited the book "Satoyama: The Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan" published by Springer.
excerpt from U of G SEDRD website