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A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War

Daniel Barber


A House in the Sun describes experiments in solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the beginning of World War II until the late 1950s. Solar houses were built across the United States, and also proposed for sites in India, South Africa, and Morocco. These experiments developed parallel to transformations in the discussion of modern architecture, relying on new materials and design ideas for both energy efficiency and claims to cultural relevance. These experiments also developed as part of a wider analysis of the globe as an ... More

Keywords: Architecture, Solar Energy, Sustainability, Modernism, Suburbia, Economic Development, Environmental Politics, Technology, Experimentation, Energy Resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199394012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Barber, author
Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory, University of Pennsylvania School of Design