I chatted about the way we've drifted away from old, low-tech solutions the other day with Lance Davis, a member of the American Institute of Architects' environmental committee. We were looking at the "dogtrot" -- a traditional Cajun breezeway that's part of the University of Louisiana's Decathlon house. I have to paraphrase here, but he noted that technology, in many ways, has allowed architects and designers to drift away from sensible solutions. A room can be built without operable windows, for example, thanks to the availability of air conditioning.
October 9, 2009; 2:30 PM ET |
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Twenty prototype solar houses are taking shape on the National Mall, racing to be ready for the contest's opening on Thursday, and public viewing starting Friday. I haven't been inside any yet but picked up a few interesting tidbits.
The village of solar-powered prototype homes was going up rapidly on the National Mall over the weekend. Though the exhibit doesn't open for public viewing until Friday, passersby were allowed to stroll down a corridor cutting straight through the construction sites. I wandered through on Friday evening to the sound of drills and cranes and, at some, the aroma of fresh drywall mud.