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Activism in Architecture

Bright Dreams of Passive Energy Design, 1st Edition

Edited by Margot McDonald, Carolina Dayer


178 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / Essays
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / Monographs