The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Alissa D. De Wit-Paul, PhD candidate, Art History, Binghamton University
“Choosing the Sun: Edward Mazria and Passive Solar Architecture in the 1970s”
Wednesday 30 October, 5:00 PM in FA 143
In the 1950s and early 1960s, solar architecture emerged with a focus on energy efficiency, opposition to a nuclear power industry still closely associated with the military, and the promotion of modern lifestyles. On the fringe of the architectural profession, the American Solar Energy Society supported experimentation with a variety of solar architectures. However, by the mid-1970s, the rise of environmental concerns led to a debate within this organization over the application of solar technologies. Protagonists of “passive” solar not only developed a simplified process for architects to use this technology, but also created sun-powered buildings as a model of what would come to be known as “green” architecture.
Alissa D. De Wit-Paul (MArch, Buffalo) is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. She has extensive research experience in architectural and sustainable design. Her PhD research focuses on the history of sustainable design, concentrating on 1970s New Mexico. Her professional practice focuses on smaller residential and commercial spaces.