University of Technology Sydney

11361 Before and After Air Conditioning

Requisite(s): 144 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10413 Bachelor of Design Architecture Master of Architecture
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Much of the global building industry’s carbon emissions comes from operational energy: HVAC systems reliant on fossil fuels. Our comfort within a building depends on this carbon-intensive infrastructure; it also depends on specific cultural expectations. Comfort has a history, one in which architects played an essential role.

This elective examines design methods before HVAC, as a way to prepare for the design of buildings after HVAC. It explores how modern architectural experiments were also devices for climatic adaptability; this history informs speculations on how cultural and technological transformation can produce zero carbon thermal environments in the near future.

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