Research: Urbanism: Sustainability in Charleston’s Radcliffborough

Study of building lot and sun-shielding porch orientations. Radcliffborough plat; Charleston. North, up. 2011. Jenna Schiller.

The figure above shows one component in a morphological study of the Charleston Radcliffborough plat.  This analysis demonstrates that porches in this plat are oriented for climate modification: the porches shield against western sun heat gain and open to off-shore breezes.  The Charleston Single House type provides evidence for the principle of architectural style not as a rigid formality or an example of formalism (form with no use at all) but as a system for flexible response in the beautiful language of this classical architectural style to our interest in comfort and sustainability.

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