Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DOG TROT: AN ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSE TO REGIONAL CONDITIONS

I have just found a WONDERFUL case study done at Mississippi State University that explains the theory behind dog-trot design. (Click on link to view the exact study.)

To quote directly from the Mississippi State University case study, "Measurements show wind speeds at the central breezeway to be substantially greater than those at the exterior of the house. This strong breeze pulls air through the adjoining connections to the log cabins, keeping the interior spaces cool."

AWESOME! There is no air conditioning/heating in THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK as of yet, and on the work days that we've had the doors and windows opened I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference in the wind speed going through the dog-trot and the wind speed outside of the house. This wonderful case study explains exactly why I noticed this difference, and it has made me think about modern architecture. Maybe we should incorporate this "outdated" design into modern homes and celebrate the dog-trot once again-- this time for its energy efficiency.



Wind testing performed by Aaron Gentry and Sze Min Lam, Mississippi State University School of Architecture

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