Daniel Ryan

Daniel Ryan
The University of Sydney · Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

BArch, MDesSc, PhD.

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Introduction
I am interested in the history of tropical architecture and how it came to have a distinctive form and role in settler colonies. My research also looks at where and how environmental knowledge about the built environment is produced, how it travels and is transformed by new scientific methods and instruments and by community, institutional and political interests. I am currently interested in the links between histories of environmental design, public health and histories of labour productivity and leisure.

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Publications (17)
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Uncovering how the mitigation of heat came to dominate discussions on the thermal performance of buildings in Australia provides an entry into how climate and comfort became politicized, scientized and instrumentalized in the middle of the twentieth century. The paper examines research on Climate and House Design in Australia at the end of World Wa...
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Drawing on cases from the tropical and subtropical worlds (in Australia and Southeast Asia), we employ southern architectural examples to interrogate normative assumptions around climatic design. As the foundation for a new history of climatic design, this article seeks not only to challenge northern, temperate views of climate in the age of the An...
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Celebrating the centenary of Leslie Wilkinson’s appointment as Australia’s first Chair in Architecture, SYDNEY SCHOOL explores the moments that gave shape to what is now the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. As architectural design, town and country planning, architectural science, design computing and architectural theory found t...
Presentation
I discuss my research on the early history of the School of Architecture at the University of Sydney concentrating on discrimination faced by women students in the award of traveling scholarships and how competing visions about architecture's role in society played out in the design of the degree.
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This paper adds to current discussions on thermal modernity by examining the detropicalization of research into domestic overheating during the immediate post-war era. Using archival sources and government publi-cations, it explores the case of the Climate and House Design program at the Commonwealth Experimental Building Station in Australia from...
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There is increasing interest among architectural historians in addressing environmental concerns on both historical and theoretical terms. Simultaneously, other fields have been looking to architectural scholarship to understand the historical relationship between the built and the natural environment. For architectural historians, and others, this...
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Book Review of Daniel A. Barber's A House in the Sun (Oxford: OUP, 2016). Daniel J. Ryan (2017) A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, Fabrications, 27:3, 437-440, DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2017.1368851
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Technical controversies about the tropical house in the 1920s and early 1930s in Australia reveal the state of crisis that put the design of the house in Northern and Western Queensland on trial. Medical institutions, community organisations and a reluctant architectural profession all sought to develop a new ideal dwelling that would maintain the...
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While the desire for thermal control in our homes may today appear natural, its provision in the domestic sphere of early twentieth-century Australia was shaped by debates about regional development, household reform and racial acclimatisation. Contemporary publications by experts in tropical medicine highlight how thermal comfort research in Austr...
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In the early 1920s while geographers and public health officials engaged in heated exchange over the climatic effects of the tropics on European productivity, fertility and racial selectivity, the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) took a more practical approach to facilitating settlement. They argued for the development of easily access...
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Climate’s influence on social behaviour was one of the core beliefs of early twentieth century science. Many of the engineers and physiologists involved in the nascent development of thermal comfort studies made frequent reference to the writings of the geographer Ellsworth Huntington. Huntington considered that civilisation was ultimately determin...
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Climate’s influence on social behaviour was one of the core beliefs of early twentieth century science. Many of the engineers and physiologists involved in the nascent development of thermal comfort studies made frequent reference to the writings of the geographer Ellsworth Huntington. Huntington considered that civilisation was ultimately dete...
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Eileen Gray's houses along the Côte d'Azur `Villa E1027' (1926-1929) and `Tempe à Pailla' (1932-1934) are noted as `among the first convincing attempts to adapt Modernist forms to a hot climate'. Her published drawings and commentary display a preoccupation with well-being and a strong interest in geometry, movement and daily ritual. By organizing...

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