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Suppositions for Desert Modernism: An Architectural Framework Informed by Climate, Natural Light, and Topography


Abstract The aim of this research study is to develop a passive architectural design morphology, tuned to the Sonoran Desert, which redefines Desert Modernism and integrates: (a) mitigation of heat transfer through the exterior envelope, and (b) use of daylight to inform appropriate architectural massing. The research investigation was delimited to mid-nineteenth century European modernist examples, and ends with mid-twentieth century modern architecture in the southwestern United States as viewed through the lens of environmental design. The specific focus was on Desert Modernism, a quasi-architectural movement, which purportedly had its beginnings in 1923 with the Coachella Valley, Popinoe Desert Cabin.

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Created Date 2019
Contributor Soltero, Ed (Author) / Zygas, Kestutis (Advisor) / Bryan, Harvey (Advisor) / Domin, Christopher (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Architectural engineering / Design / Architecture / Desert Modernism / Morphology / Sol-Air Temperatures / Sonoran Desert / Technological Determinism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 226 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation Architecture 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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