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In the years surrounding World War II, solar house heating was seen by many American architects, journal editors, and policymakers as a necessary component of the expansion into suburbia. As the technological and financial aspects of home ownership came to take on broad social implications, design strategies of architectural modernism--including th...
A Handbook of California Design is the companion to an exhibition held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from fall 2011 to spring 2012. It shares the comprehensive approach of the exhibition, generally eschewing a singular focus on well-known designers for a more egalitarian and wideranging assemblage of relevant practitioners, manufacturers,...
This dissertation describes the active discourse regarding solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the eve of World War II until the late 1950s. Interweaving these multiple narratives, the aim of the project is threefold: to document this vital discourse, to place it in the contex...