The (Trans)formation of Air-conditioning Complexes

The (Trans)formation of Air-conditioning Complexes


December 3, 2019

5:30 PM-6:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Manton Fellow Jiat-Hwee Chang presents, “The (Trans)formation of Air-conditioning Complexes: Architectural Histories and Futures from Asia.”

How did cities and urban populations around the world become dependent on air-conditioning? How did air-conditioning dependency transform built environment, material culture and social practices? This lecture seeks to explore these questions by drawing from the architectural and sociotechnical histories of air-conditioning in Singapore and Doha.

Jiat-Hwee Chang is associate professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He 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.