Thermal modernity and architecture

Chang, Jiat-Hwee and Winter, Tim 2015, Thermal modernity and architecture, Journal of architecture, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 92-121, doi: 10.1080/13602365.2015.1010095.

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Title Thermal modernity and architecture
Author(s) Chang, Jiat-Hwee
Winter, TimORCID iD for Winter, Tim
Journal name Journal of architecture
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 92
End page 121
Total pages 30
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1360-2365
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Summary This paper develops the concept of thermal modernity in order to offer a more detailed understanding of air conditioning and the historical role it has played in transforming urban and built space. An analysis oriented by the insights of Science and Technology Studies stresses how the international ascendancy of air conditioning has been contingent upon certain socio-political forces and cultural changes that occur at the local level. The productive example of Singapore - often referred to as the air-conditioned nation - is given to reveal the entanglements between indoor comfort provision, economic development and post-colonial nation-building. At a broader level, the paper points towards the importance of understanding air conditioning's impact on the spread of international modernism in analytically expansive ways, such that we can more fully appreciate how it has acted to remodel the built environment at different scales and reconfigure indoor and outdoor relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13602365.2015.1010095
Field of Research 120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl Architecture)
Socio Economic Objective 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DP120102448
Copyright notice ©2015, RIBA Enterprises
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