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The Planetary Test

Halpern, Orit

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 10 (2019), Iss. 1: S. 13–22

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Halpern, Orit


In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, the famous architect Richard Neutra was commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico to build hospitals and schools. In response, he produced a number of prototypes and processes investigating different ways to ventilate and climate control buildings in the sub-tropical environment of the island through technology. Neutra famously labeled his work in Puerto Rico a Planetary Test. This article examines this history of making climate a medium for design and the implications of these practices for our present


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