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Stay cool and beat the heat with culture, not karakuri

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There’s a unique solution that could help Europe weather a deadly heat wave: a siesta. Lengthen the lunch break so the employee can avoid the hottest part of his day. ”

Meeker points out that many people in Spain are famous for their “jornada partida.” Or split workdays and siesta — trying to kill it and move to a more Nordic schedule. It is a misunderstanding to say that it was done,” he criticized the dictator General Franco.

A few years ago, General Franco was accused of splitting his workday when he changed his timezone to match the German time zone, delaying everything by an hour. According to the BBC, after the time change, “they continued to eat at the same time, but the clock changed, so lunch at 1pm became lunch at 2pm and suddenly they had dinner at 8pm.” I was eating at 9pm.”

The article suggests that this is the reason for split days: “Spanish people traditionally deal with late nights by taking a coffee break and a two-hour lunch break in the morning, making it one of the most It gives you the opportunity to enjoy one of the famous traditions: the siesta.”

Both of these arguments don’t make much sense, but split workdays actually do. Also, it’s not just Spanish. Treehugger’s Katherine Martinco explains that it’s common in many hot countries:

“I went to high school in Sardinia as an 11th grader. We started around 8 and finished at 1:30. Back to school: When I lived in the northeastern part of Brazil for a year, the kids in my neighborhood went to school in two cohorts: one from 8am to 11am and another from 8am to 11am. One was from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.”

After I recently wrote about my plan for living in the heat, a commenter said: ”

Many people cannot be with their families or take a nap unless they work from home or live in a 15-minute city, which is also an issue for urban planning, so the division of labor days What really happened here is that traditionally we all adjusted our lives to the season, the weather, and the sunlight, and the lights and clocks made our schedule convenient for business. It means that it is not convenient for your body until you stand up.

Then, thanks to air conditioning, we could forget about designing cities and homes in ways that adapt to different climates, or designing our lives to adapt to climates. rice field. Whether in Boston or Phoenix, our buildings and our lives are treated as if they were one and the same.

Cool with culture, not karakuri


Dinner in Barcelona.

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Years ago, when Treehugger was young, I read Barbara Flanagan’s article in ID Magazine and have been quoting it ever since. In 2007 she explained how to learn from Barcelona.

“Instead of relying on machines or tearing down old buildings with windows and ducts, they design habits, hardware, clothing and attitudes to cool themselves. Now their respect is sustainable. It looks avant-garde.The secret of Catalan comfort is a gadget, but a self-induced, uncomfortable pause state of mind and body: heat tolerance. , they plan seasonal vacations, daily routines, food, drink, and wardrobes to maximize cooling.In other words, cooling is a culture, not a gimmick.”

She described both people’s homes, the actual urban structure, and how their lives were designed to cope with the heat. Close the shutter to block the heat. )”

The schedule adapts. “First of all, they cut her August off the calendar. They go on vacation because it’s too hot to do anything but vacation,” she wrote.

Adapt where you live. Flanagan writes: Catalan)”

I also often quote Cameron Tonkinwise of the University of Technology Sydney, whom I met ten years ago while teaching at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. he said: You don’t have to think about making the building work, just buy the box. ’ But it’s not just architects, it’s everyone.

It’s not just laziness. Rather than adapting, we are trained to require the world to adapt when we drive an air-conditioned car and park it right in front of our air-conditioned destination. The idea of ​​adaptation to the We are supposed to go out and buy comfort. However, this will be more difficult and more expensive.

We may be past the stage of adapting to life without air conditioning. But by making lifestyle changes to adapt to the changing climate, we can significantly reduce our usage and use it less often. Adjusting your diet and schedule can make a big difference and help you enjoy your summer days. and siesta.

And now I think I’m going to lie down. you should too

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