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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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 Experimental Dwellings

 Experimental Dwellings

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(p.89) 4  Experimental Dwellings
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A House in the Sun
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Daniel A. Barber

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394012.003.0005

By the late 1940s, the basic affinity of solar-based energy efficiency with the development of modern houses was clear. As with modern architecture in general, experiments in solar house heating began to engage new technological possibilities in order to become more effective. Conceptual concerns also came to the fore, as debates reconsidered the relationship between “man” and “environment.” These concerns played out in a conference at the Museum of Modern Art, with Lewis Mumford, George Nelson, and William Wurster all playing important roles. At the MIT Solar Energy Fund, now led by architect Lawrence Anderson, experiments continued: architects, collaborating with engineers, built three houses testing different parameters of active solar heating. MIT also held a symposium to bring together research on solar energy for house heating. The solar house took on increased importance in the discussions of technology and new ways of living.

Keywords:   Solar Energy, Modern Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Anderson, Lewis Mumford, George Nelson, William Wurster, Man and Environment, Museum of Modern Art, Energy Efficiency

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