For Immediate Release
November 22, 2019
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Tuesday, December 3, at 5:30 pm, Manton Fellow and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore Jiat-Hwee Chang presents “The (Trans)formation of Air-conditioning Complexes: Architectural Histories and Futures from Asia.” The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center, and is free and open to the public.

Chang’s lecture examines how cities and urban populations around the world became dependent on air-conditioning and how air-conditioning dependency has transformed built environments, material culture, and social practices. To answer these questions, Chang draws from the architectural and sociotechnical histories of air-conditioning in Singapore and Doha.

Chang is the author of A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (2016), which was awarded an International Planning History Society Book Prize in 2018, and was shortlisted for the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Humanities Book Prize in 2017. He is also the co-editor of Non West Modernist Past (2011) and Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture: Questions in Translation, Epistemology and Power (2019). At the Clark, he will be working on an architectural and socio-technical history of air-conditioning and climate change in urban Asia.
The next Research and Academic Program lecture is Manton Post-doctoral Fellow Caitlin R. Woolsey’s “New Old Media: Tape, Type, and the Undiscovered Collages of Henri Chopin” on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 5:30 pm.
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