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Issue 6.1

Modern Architecture and Climate: Design Before Air Conditioning

The history of modern architecture is well-worn territory. But what if we could upend its familiar narratives to tell different stories about the past? Daniel Barber’s Modern Architecture and Climate: Design Before Air Conditioning takes this provocation as its premise, relating episodes from a brief period in the history of architectural modernism (1920s – 1960s) when interest in form-making, climatic analysis, and thermal comfort converged. By narrating these histories—some familiar, others less so—in the context of today’s climate crisis, Barber invites contemporary scholars and practitioners to envision new trajectories for an architecture that mitigates and adapts to a warming world. 

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