THE CONSTRUCTION OF CLIMATE IN MODERN ARCHITECTURAL CULTURE, 1920-1980
Joaquín Medina Warmburg y Claudia Shmidt (eds.)
It is highly unlikely that the big challenges posed by the current environmental crisis may be overcome without reconciling increasingly effective technologies with the development of new ways of social life. In the face of this challenge, architecture – having primary responsibility for the degradation of the environment – can contribute the many valuable experiences built throughout the twentieth century. Based on this hypothesis, the articles included in this book set out to go through some of the cultural constructions regarding the relationship between architecture and climate in the context of modernity. Many of them are rooted in the climatological theories of Enlightenment, like those that consider cultural diversity as a consequence of climatic determinism, which was also believed to account for collective identities and desires. Even in those modern architectures particularly prone to empirical and objective arguments, it is easy to detect climate utopianism, its ideology and its symbolism. Today, when cultural conventions of comfort have acquired a universal value, the technical utopias of artificial climate control seem vainly illusory, posing questions about the convenience of their ubiquity and the search for strictly architectural solutions.
Dimensiones 27 x 21cm
Encuadernación rústica con solapas