Lecture 6. Air Conditioning Takes Command

This is the final lecture of the series. In this lecture, we examine a new technology – air-conditioning – and discuss its sociotechnical and architectural histories, i.e. how it shaped and was shaped by both the society and the built environment. Although this series of lectures is organized in a loosely chronological manner and air-conditioning appears to be the latest instalment in the history of climate control, I argue that the architectural history of air-conditioning is parallel to that of climatic design. Both climatic design and air-conditioning require “useable” climatic data, i.e. standardized measurement of weather data, which modern meteorology produces. Thus, climatic design and air-conditioning

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