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Fall 2017-2018
ARC 584   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Architecture, Media, and Climate

Daniel A. Barber

Architects have long been concerned with the relationship of a building to its climate. Focused on the period surrounding World War II, right before mechanical HVAC systems were widespread, this seminar explores the archive of methodological experiments, media systems, and technological devices that were intended to understand and refine the thermal interior. Many of these explorations took place at Princeton, in architecture and elsewhere. We also explore the conceptual frameworks that allow us to consider architectural-climatic experiments in light of the historiographic and epistemological challenges posed by climate change.

Sample reading list:
Edwards, Paul, A Vast Machine
Flusser, Vilem, Into the Universe of Technical Images
Neutra, Richard, Architecture of Social Concern in Regions of Mild Climate
Nixon, Rob, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Olgyay, Victor, Design with Climate
Simondon, Gilbert, On the Mode of Existence of Technological Objects
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled seminars, complete all assigned readings, participate in seminar discussions, lead a seminar presentation, and develop a semester long research project culminating in a presentation and final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23389 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:9 Limit:15