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Contours of an urban architectural anthropology : built environment, climate control and socio‐material practices in winter in Chongqing (south‐west China)

Kobi, Madlen

In: Social anthropology/Anthropologie sociale, 2019, vol. 27, no. 4, p. 17 p

The materiality of and daily life in urban high‐rise buildings has barely been researched, especially when compared to the rich anthropological and architectural studies that exist on rural architecture. This article engages with indoor climate control in an urbanising environment. It considers urban architecture as a social field characterised by the interaction of diverse actors such as...

Public access from Jan 24, 2021
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Warm bodies in the Chinese borderlands : architecture, thermal infrastructure, and territorialization in the arid continental climate of Ürümchi, Xinjiang

Kobi, Madlen

In: Eurasian geography and economics, 2020, vol. 61, no. 1, p. 77-99

Architectural research often considers buildings and settlement practices as local material adaptations to climate, particularly when it comes to the analysis of architecture in rural and small-scale settlements. Based on ethnographic data from the rapidly urbanizing oasis metropolis Ürümchi in China’s northwestern borderlands, this paper goes beyond such a localized view of climate ...

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Microclimates and the city : towards an architectural theory of thermal diversity

Roesler, Sascha ; Kobi, Madlen

In: The urban microclimate as artifact : towards an architectural theory of thermal diversity, 2018, p. 12-24

The term “microclimate” was coined by German and British meteorologists and geographers in the first half of the 20th century. Rudolf Geiger and Albert Kratzer realized that the climate in the air layer “two meters above the ground” differs considerably between rural and urban sites. W.G.V. Balchin and Norman Pye proved that the urban climate within one city, Bath, was not homogenous,...