Online lecture from Prof. Dr. Daniel Barber

The lecture "Thermal Practice: Architecture before and after Carbon" by Prof. Dr. Daniel Barber will take place on Monday, February 1st, 7 p.m. via Zoom. To participate and to receive the Zoomlink please contact Ms. Fee Huschenbeth.

Thermal Practice aims to reposition familiar narratives and protagonists of modern architectural history, now revolving around climate and carbon as organizing figures of thought. Case studies of the thermal interior – as an aggregate of distinct designed spaces and as the experiential condition of politics and inequity – will serve as evidence for a history of architecture as a device of climatic adaptability; other concepts for rethinking forms of practice, models, methods and habits will encourage some collective speculation on architecture after carbon – its contours and principles, its obstacles and opportunities.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Barber is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is the author of Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton University Press 2020) and A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2016). Barber is also the Topic Director of the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, a co-Director of the UPenn/Mellon Humanities+Urbanism+Design seminar on the Inclusive City, and a co-founder of Current, a web platform and publishing collective that focuses on the intersection of architectural and environmental histories. To read his full bio please use the following link: https://www.design.upenn.edu/architecture/graduate/people/daniel-barber

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