1st Edition

Activism in Architecture Bright Dreams of Passive Energy Design

Edited By Margot McDonald, Carolina Dayer Copyright 2019
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This edited collection gathers contributions from a diverse range of renowned scholars and professionals to uncover the unique relationship between passive architectural systems and activism. Focusing on the pioneering work of the influential American chemist and inventor, Harold R. Hay (1909–2009), and the environmental awareness events that took hold in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, the book assembles essays which closely examine Hay's contribution to architecture and the work of those who directly and tangentially were affected by it. The book also offers insights into the role of passive energy design today. Appealing to researchers, architects and students interested in architecture and design technology, Activism in Architecture explores the role of passive environmental inventions as an active agent in shaping socio-political debates.

    Acknowledgments  List of Figures  List of Tables  Contributors  Introduction: Still in Haste  Part I: Once Upon a Sun  1. Letter To the Select Committee On Small Business of the United States Senate  2. A Clear Sky Story on the Evolution of Passive Solar Design: The Source and Multiple Applications of Harold Hay’s Roof Pond System  3. Harold Hay’s influence and the Zomeworks Corporation  4. Free Passive Solar Heating for Cold, Cloudy Winters: Designing Molecules and Crystal Structures  5. The Empire Strikes Back: When Too Good Becomes Threatening  6. Determining Market Demand and Feasibility for Roof Pond Systems in California  Part II: Active Repercussions  7. Creating the Context for a Solar Future: Two Activists, Two Buildings  8. Shade, Mass and Water: Activism by Degrees  9. Passive Cooling Systems in Times of Climate Change  10. Actively Stretching Passive: Adventures with Night Roof Spray Cooling  11. Untapped Potentials in Harold Hay’s Roofpond System for Passive Heating in Cold Climate Regions  Part III: Necessity and Pleasure  12. Building Experience  13. Thermal Landscaping of Buildings: Climate-Proofing Design  14. Resilience as a Driver of Passive Design  15. From Survivability to Thrivability: Finding Joy in Passive Design


    Margot McDonald is Department Head and Professor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA. She teaches an interdisciplinary design studio between architecture, construction, engineering, landscape and building design with an emphasis on building energy and environmental performance.

    Carolina Dayer is an Architect and Assistant Professor in Architecture at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. In 2011 she founded her own architectural practice, Bottega 11, and she is one of the editors and author of Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture (Routledge, 2016).