Frontiers in Civil Engineering

Volume: 5

Wind and Architecture

Author(s): Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

Pp: 1-23 (23)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681088501121050002

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In this chapter, the influences of wind on architecture are highlighted. Wind can have both positive and negative effects on architecture. Moreover, architecture can respond in proactive ways to maximise the benefits of wind forces and reduce or eliminate the negative impacts. This chapter sheds further light on notable architectural ideas translated into architectural case studies on harvesting wind energy in the built environment. Moreover, this chapter enables gaining insight into successful practices in architectural design solutions and ways and means to further enhance the performance of the buildings. In addition, the negative impacts of high wind velocities are identified, and possible solutions to mitigate them at their source are presented and discussed. Optimised architectural forms that can completely avoid excessive wind forces and devastating vortex shedding during the design stage are presented.

Keywords: Architectural forms, Aerodynamic architectural optimisation, Architectural form finding, Architectural stability, Vortex shedding, Wind energy, Wind energy harvesting, Wind forces.

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