A building is an intervention in a continuous environment. It creates space, it is a visual object, it imposes an idea on (or responds to) the world around it. It affects the occupant mentally and physically; indeed it is the shelter for the occupant, and as such fulfills needs which are considerably older than recorded history. It responds to natural forces around it (whether well or badly) and even effects the ecology as a whole.
This course deals with the thermal and environmental processes which effect buildings, and how the designer responds to or manipulates the thermal environment. It is necessary for the architect to understand those processes, human response to them, and the materials and tools with which we may work.