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A House in the SunModern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War$
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Daniel Barber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394012.001.0001

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 What is a House?

 What is a House?

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(p.33) 2  What is a House?
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A House in the Sun
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Daniel A. Barber

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394012.003.0003

Amid the uncertainty of the wartime period, the experimental premise of the modern house intensified. Modern architecture came to be the subject of architectural publications speculating on the conditions for building after the war. Solar houses took on a new role in both professional journals and popular magazines, and came to be an important symbol of what architecture could provide for the prospective homebuyer once the war ended. Professional journals, such as Architectural Forum and Arts and Architecture, already examining how architecture related to social and economic factors of postwar development, saw solar house experiments as important harbingers of what was to come. Popular magazines, such as the Ladies’ Home Journal, commissioned architects to design solar house models to show young families and returning soldiers the benefits the suburbs could offer. Related exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art integrated these design tropes into more familiar parameters of modern architecture.

Keywords:   Modern Architecture, Solar Energy, Architectural Forum, Arts and Architecture, Ralph Rapson, Museum of Modern Art, Ladies’ Home Journal

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