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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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The Modern Solar House

The Modern Solar House

(p.9) 1 The Modern Solar House
A House in the Sun

Daniel A. Barber

Oxford University Press

Though largely absent from the historical literature, passive solar heating was an important component of modern residential design. It was especially important as the European modernism of the 1920s and 1930s became of interest to American architects designing for the suburbs. This chapter first examines these dynamics through published discussions of interwar modern houses in Europe, and then in Ford and Ford’s Modern House in America (1940), which sought to support émigré architects then working in the United States. It then focuses on the development of solar house principles in the Midwestern houses of George Fred Keck. Keck’s innovations were technical—including design methods to maximize seasonal solar exposure, and the development of insulated glass panels—and also cultural, following a general interest in how modern architecture could transform life in suburbia.

Keywords:   Modern Architecture, Solar House, Glass, Solar Energy, Energy Technology, Insulation, George Fred Keck, Suburbia

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