The Comfort Pursuit

Climate in the city

Facebook has reminded me today that four years ago I updated my ‘research page’* on this website, where I wrote about the seed for my PhD thesis. That seed was my wanderings through different climate zones and my fascination about the ways climate shapes people’s lives, although most of the time people don’t think about it.

I have today completed a review of a book that carries the quote below. One of the authors is from South America, and his emphasis on the fact that somethings are ‘not unusual’ reminded me of my own shock when trying to work out the New Zealand’s way of living in response to climate… So different from how our South American lives are shaped! They write about Tucumán, in Argentina:

The city benefits from a subtropical climate with a dry season in winter. This climate defines the way in which the city functions. People work from 8 am to 1 pm, stop until 5 pm (siesta) and then everybody comes back to work until 9 pm. Supermarkets close at midnight. It is not unusual to see children outside on the streets with their parents or in playgrounds at 1 am during the weekends.

Garcia, E. J., & Vale, B. (2017). Unravelling Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment. New York, NY, USA: Routledge (p. 101).

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* This is a sneaky preview into a page that is no longer listed under the main menu. It has been substituted by the ‘Research Projects’ page, which shows current research.

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