What is Subtropical Design?

The subtropical climate allows people to enjoy being outdoors all year round. Subtropical design is a way of embracing this condition in the urban environment, to achieve sustainable urbanism and maintain a sense of place. Openness and permeability and a strong engagement with the natural environment are the main characteristics of well-designed subtropical places.

Good subtropical design uses less electricity and less potable water. It aims to provide a higher degree of environmental sustainability.

Well-designed subtropical places:

When designing for a subtropical environment, the following rules of thumb apply to buildings, large and small, and to outdoor places:

Rule of thumb 1 – temperature control

Rule of thumb 2 – sun control

Rule of thumb 3 – air movement and humidity