"Much of the body of analysis and synthesis within the realm of Sustainable Architecture has primarily focussed upon the physicality of the built environment, leaving the complex relationship between culture, climate and place largely undisturbed. The hypothesis of this paper is that for an architectural proposition to represent a truly sustainable design solution, reference to the cultural domain must be implicit. Examination of many ancient cultures has shown that this complex matrix has been fully accounted for in determining an appropriate synthesis in the formation of "place". Indeed, climatic and cultural dimensions were traditionally central in informing that which we now call Architecture."