This essay discusses the emergence of ecodiagrams focused on both representing and operating upon the changing relationship between “man” and “environment,” with an emphasis on the design methods of Hungarian American architects Victor and Aladar Olgyay. The architectural diagram became an important site for reconsidering the parameters of social transformation amid increasing knowledge of the fragility of the global ecological system. Of interest in the Olgyays’ diagrams, even more than the methods they proposed, are the conditions for the human that they imagined.
The Nature of the Image: Olgyay and Olgyay’s Architectural-Climatic Diagrams in the 1950s
Daniel A. Barber is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on the environmental history of modern architecture. His first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, has just been published. His essays have been published in Grey Room, Technology and Culture, and Agenda, the catalog of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale.
Daniel A. Barber; The Nature of the Image: Olgyay and Olgyay’s Architectural-Climatic Diagrams in the 1950s. Public Culture 1 January 2017; 29 (1 (81)): 129–164. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3644433
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