b. 2010|Climatic comparison of houses in tropical areas of Asia and Africa.

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Investigations on relations between climate and health, a comparisons of housing in Asia and Africa with focus on climate, bed-nets and malaria. 

The transmission of malaria is high in tropical countries and the only barrier between mosquito and the humans is the bed net that is used during sleeping hours. Unfortunately the mosquito net reduces air-movement, which is one of the climatic parameters that is needed to crate a comfortable sleeping zone. Our interest lies in understanding how architectural qualities can be used to enhance air movement and thus increase the use of mosquito nets.

01. air velocity mud house sleeping zone

01. air velocity bamboo house sleeping zone

Section, Air flow simulation: 1| of typical mud house in The Gambia, Base 2011. 2| typical bamboo constructed house in northeastern Thailand, Mae sot 2011

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1| Study set up, Thermo anemometer recording air velocity under a bed-net and in sleeping area.

Related publications
2012 • Airflow attenuation and bednet utilisation: observations from Africa and Asia.
von Seidlein Lorenz, Ikonomidis Konstantin, Bruun Rasmus, Jawara Musa, PinderMargaret, Knols GJ Bart and Knudsen Jakob. Malar J. 2012 Jun 15;11:200. doi:10.1186/1475-2875-11-200.  
Malaria Journal • read article  NCBI • read article 

Principal Investigators
  • Jakob Knudsen. Architect. Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts, Schools of Architecture, Design & Conservation, Copenhagen, Denmark. Principal and owner of Ingvartsen
  •  Lorenz von Seidlein,Mahidol Oxford Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Konstantin Ikonomidis. Architect MAA / Researcher. Ingvartsen Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Rasmus Bruun Architect MAA / Researcher
  • Margaret Pinder,  Medical Research Council, The Gambia