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A House in the SunModern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War$
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Daniel Barber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394012.001.0001

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Architecture, Technology, and Politics

(p.1) Introduction
A House in the Sun

Daniel A. Barber

Oxford University Press

The period surrounding World War II saw a remarkable amount of growth in energy technologies. This book examines the development of renewable technologies, especially solar energy, in this context. The solar house, in particular, was of great interest, and was at the center of a vibrant discussion of potential resource scarcity, and the technological and political means to manage it. Discussion of the solar house intersects with many familiar themes of architectural modernism—both the basic premise of engaging technology in design, and also more specific design tropes of open plans, flexible rooflines, and the use of new materials. These discussions also reveal new contours in the history of knowledge about the global environment, and of the new forms of political intervention that emerged as a result of this increased knowledge. The solar house was a catalyst to global interest in how new technologies could lead to new social conditions.

Keywords:   Solar Energy, Architectural Modernism, Technology, Environmental Politics, Reyner Banham

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