Weather Architecture further extends Jonathan Hill’s investigation of authorship by recognising the creativity of the weather. At a time when environmental awareness is of growing relevance, the overriding aim is to understand a history of architecture as a history of weather and thus to consider the weather as an architectural author that affects design, construction and use in a creative dialogue with other authors such as the architect and user.

Environmental discussions in architecture tend to focus on the practical or the poetic but here they are considered together. Rather than investigate architecture’s relations to the weather in isolation, they are integrated into a wider discussion of cultural and social influences on architecture. The analysis of weather’s effects on the design and experience of specific buildings and gardens is interwoven with a historical survey of changing attitudes to the weather in the arts, sciences and society, leading to a critical re-evaluation of contemporary responses to climate change.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|37 pages

Things of a Natural Kind

chapter 2|41 pages

The Seasons of A Life

chapter 3|22 pages

A Life in Ruins

chapter 4|38 pages

The Garden of Architecture

chapter 5|28 pages

Pigments and Pollution

chapter 6|47 pages

The Weather of Our Houses

chapter 7|30 pages

Submitting to the Seasons

chapter 8|34 pages

Fog, Glare and Gloom

chapter 9|18 pages

Sweet Garden of Vanished Pleasures