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Environmental architecture: President’s research profiled by the University

7 October 2022 Fellows

Professor Alan Short, President of Clare Hall, has been profiled by the University of Cambridge, within an article titled A retrofitting revolution, published this week.

In the piece, Professor Short reflects on his work in environmental architecture, noting climate change’s impact on temperatures in hospitals:

One of the biggest problems of climate change is infrastructure like hospitals haven’t been built to cope with the temperatures we are experiencing. This tragedy of in-hospital deaths from heat will only increase if preventative measures are not put in place.

Professor Short has been interested in environmental architecture since he was a student and went on to design a number of self-regulating buildings, including the University Library in Coventry. Whilst his designs for self-regulating buildings were inspired by those of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the analysis is firmly rooted in the technological revolution of the 21st century. To do this, they worked with collaborators at Imperial College London who adapted software originally designed to assess ocean currents to investigate how air flowed around the hospital buildings.

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