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The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: Thermal Practice: Modern Architecture and Climactic Adaptability

Daniel A. Barber (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania)
When Nov 04, 2020
from 03:00 AM to 04:00 AM
Where Online
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Modern architecture emerged as a device of climatic adaptability. This presentation will review methods and techniques of architectural innovation in reference to climate, initially in the period surrounding World War II, and frame them as central to the history of modern architecture; to the globalization, that is, of the International Style. It will become clear that an architecture dependent on fossil fuels is a historical anomaly, a short-lived period now in the past. A history of architecture before and after fossil fuels focuses on the dynamic inter-relationship between social practices and design methods.


Daniel A. Barber is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the PhD Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines historical relationships between architecture and global environmental culture, reframing the means and ends of architectural expertise towards a more robust engagement with the climate crisis. His most book Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton UP, 2020) explores how images and diagrams produced by architects were essential to conceptualizing climate knowledge. He edits the Accumulation series on e-flux architecture and is co-founder of Current: an online platform for environmental histories of architecture.

Date & Time: Nov 4th, 2020 03:00 PM GMT

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