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Acknowledgments. Preface. COURTYARDS IN GENERAL. Classifying Courtyards. Courtyards and Cosmos. Social Roles. Plants, the Spirit of the Courtyard. Courtyards, Climate and Comfort. Courtyards and Change. SOME PARTICULAR COURTYARDS. Courtyards Observed: Mexico and Andalucia. Variations in Proportions. Variations in Shading. Thermal Sailing. Changes Over Time. COURTYARD DESIGN. Planning and Design Guidelines. Design Examples. Appendix A: Evaporation and Transpiration. Appendix B: Rainwater Collection. Appendix C: Some Courtyard Plants. Glossary. References. Index.