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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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 Design and Research

 Design and Research

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(p.177) 7  Design and Research
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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/9780199394012.003.0008

In the context of the ongoing World Solar Energy Project, two new patterns began to emerge in the late 1950s. One was a new relationship between research and practice in architecture; the other the role of non-governmental organizations in advocating for different energy futures. Resources for the Future and the Stanford Research Institute began to be interested in the possibilities of solar energy, and worked with engineers and corporate leaders to organize the World Symposium on Applied Solar Energy, in Phoenix, Arizona as well as the Association for Applied Solar Energy that came out of it. These advocacy institutions struggled to define methods to value future needs over present economic gains. Research support was seen as crucial to finding new methods and new criteria for future energy growth; research also came to have an explicit role in the development of modern architecture.

Keywords:   Stanford Research Institute, Association for Applied Solar Energy, Solar Energy, Modern Architecture, Research, Resources for the Future, Phoenix, Arizona, World Symposium on Applied Solar Energy, Non-Governmental Organizations

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