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The Architecture of Closed Worlds - by Lydia Kallipoliti (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 352

Genre: Architecture

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers/Storefront for Art and Architecture

Author: Lydia Kallipoliti

Language: English

Street Date: November 20, 2018
TCIN: 54375279
UPC: 9783037785805
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-3558


From Aqualungs to the Eden Project: a history of closed systems

What do outer space capsules, submarines and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system--a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary prohibiting the transfer of matter or energy. As partial reconstructions of the world in time and space, closed systems identify and implement the basic materials necessary for the sustenance of life.

From the space program to countercultural architectural groups experimenting with autonomous living, The Architecture of Closed Worlds documents a disciplinary transformation and the rise of a new environmental consciousness. It presents an archive of 39 prototypes from 1928 to the present, creating a genealogy of closed-resource structures. These include the FNRS Balloon (1931), Aqualung (1943), House of the Future (1956), Disney's EPCOT (1966), Bios 3 (1972), Rocky Mountain Institute (1982) and the EDEN Project (2000). Prototypes are presented in archival images with new analysis and illustrations. The book also showcases a timeline of the 39 prototypes that illuminates the ways in which they have contributed to the idea of "net-zero" or "zero-energy" in the contemporary discourse on sustainability.

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