27 May 2017
Understanding and including climate early in the design process is one of the most important ways in which you can design a habitat to be more comfortable, resilient and productive.
It’s commonly understood that plants do better in growing conditions that mimic the climate from which they originate. It’s equally important to consider your local climate when choosing housing, energy systems, water systems, windbreaks, roads and pathways, thinking about the animals you might include, trees, and managing your soil. In this module, we’ll cover the major climates of planet earth (tropical, drylands, temperate) which will prepare you for understanding and successfully designing in any local climatic variation you may find yourself in. During the afternoon field trip, we’ll identify microclimates on an actual property and let that further refine our design process.
“Today’s climate and water module was the best one yet. Teaching climate with a hair dryer and understanding water flow across the soil with a muffin tin was simple, hilarious and I’ll never forget it. I’m also really enjoying the group – I’m getting inspired by this creative but realistic team!”