Daniel Adam Barber

Visiting Scholar (Nov 2022-Sep 2023)

Daniel A. Barber is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he is also chair of the PhD program in Architecture. He is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Princeton School of Architecture.

His research approaches the history of architecture as a lens through which to examine the dynamics of global environmental change. His publications document how concerns over energy, climate, and materials, as well as challenges to growing inequity across race and class, have shaped design discourse since the early twentieth century.  

Daniel’s book A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. A second book, Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media and the Great Acceleration is forthcoming from Princeton University Press. His articles have appeared in Public Culture, Grey Room, Technology and Culture, and The Avery Review. He has edited the collections Images of Accumulation and Structural Instability on the E-Flux Architecture platform and guest edited an issue on “Architectural History in the Anthropocene” for The Journal of Architecture. He has held fellowships at the Harvard Center for the Environment and the Princeton Environmental Institute and received funding from the Graham Foundation, the American Society of Envrionmental Historians, and other sources. 


Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Great Acceleration


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Selected Publications

Barber, Daniel Adam (2021). “Active Passive: Heat Storage and the Solar Imaginary.” South Atlantic Quarterly 120 (1): 103–121. https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8795754.

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Barber, Daniel Adam (2020). Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9780691204949.

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Barber, Daniel Adam (2020). “Heating the Bauhaus.” Perspecta 53: 234–248.

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Barber, Daniel Adam (2019). “Emergency Exit.” e-flux architecture: Overgrowth (blog), September 26, 2019. https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/overgrowth/284030/emergency-exit/.

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