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Healthy Homes in Tropical Zones: Improving Rural Housing in Asia and Africa

Jakob Knudsen, Lorenz von Seidlein

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Title: Healthy Homes in Tropical Zones: Improving ...

Publisher: Edition Axel Menges (D)

Binding: Hardcover

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Num Pages: 304 pages, 473 illus. BIC Classification: AMK. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 313 x 242 x 24. Weight in Grams: 1794. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783936681819

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Synopsis: Throughout the tropics a huge diversity in house design and use of building materials can be observed, based on centuries of local experience, customs, and availability of natural resources for construction. Consequently, these differences in building style affect indoor climate and comfort for occupants, which in turn affect occupants exposure to infectious diseases. The authors describe the architectural designs of rural houses in two countries in Asia (Thailand, Philippines) and two in Africa (The Gambia, Tanzania), and relate these factors to health, notably the risk of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as malaria. Based on these findings they describe a series of house modifications that could enhance comfort whilst at the same time reduce health risks.

About the Author: Jakob Knudsen is an architect and professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Lorenz von Seidlein is a physician who has practiced medicine in Africa, Asia, the United States, and Europe. He is currently working on malaria research in Darwin, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand.

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