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The tropical belt – where large areas of South East Asia, India, Africa, and parts of both North and South America are located - forms the biggest landmass in the world and has one of the highest numbers of rapidly developing cities. Perhaps coincidentally, architecture in the tropical regions share common problems, of which perhaps the most easily identified, is the tropical conditions of climate and natural environment. The context for architecture in these regions is fraught with conflicts between tradition and modernization, massive influx of rural poor into urban areas, poorly managed rapid urban development, the cultural and social strain of globalization and other issues as yet undefined. Many local and overseas architects, planners and city fathers are interested in the social and environmental dimensions of these areas that contribute towards short term solutions and long term sustainable developments. This book, developed from the first conference of the International Network for Tropical Architecture, supplies a wealth of information from experts worldwide, covering the cultural, environmental and technical aspects of thinking, researching and designing for the tropics. Provides a holistic view of the subject, covering both technical and cultural issues. Includes a variety of tropical case studies by an international team of experts. Essential reading for architects wishing to develop their skills, technology and knowledge of these rapidly changing cities.