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The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780851390741, 9781483141015

The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment

1st Edition

Author: Reyner Banham
Paperback ISBN: 9780851390741
eBook ISBN: 9781483141015
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 1st January 1969
Page Count: 296
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The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment presents the fundamental aspects of the architecture of the well-tempered environment. This book considers what architects had taken to be the proper use and exploitation of mechanical environmental controls, and shows how this had manifested itself in the design of their buildings. Organized into 12 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the history of the mechanization of environmental management. This text then explains the accumulation of capital goods and equipment needed to produce a moderate level of civilized culture in pre-technological societies, which requires that building materials be treated as if valuable and permanent. Other chapters consider that it is necessary not only to create habitable environments, but to conserve them. This book discusses as well the kind of technology of environment in the 19th century. The final chapter deals with the liberation of architecture from the ballast of structure. This book is a valuable resource for architects.

Table of Contents

1. Unwarranted Apology

2. Environmental Management

3· A Dark Satanic Century

4· The Kit of Parts: Heat and Light

5. Environments of Large Buildings

6. The Well-Tempered Home

7· The Environment of the Machine Aesthetic

8. Machines à Habiter

9. Towards Full Control

10. Concealed Power

II. Exposed Power

12. A Range of Methods

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