The absolutely gorgeous redesign of Architizer launches today with Cool Architectural Alternatives For Living Without Air Conditioning..One of the many strategies they discuss are the use of water in courtyards, like the project shown above by Silver+Ong. This goes back to Rome;
the typical house layout would also always include a pool of water within the courtyard. Evaporating water helps to remove heat (although not in all climates), and the placement in between the main rooms of the house disperses the cool air through the entire interior.
Other strategies include building underground, use of porches, shading with trees, high ceilings and more. Stunning examples in big, beautiful photos, congratulations to Architizer on their debut.