The Selective Environment: Environmental Design and Cultural Identity
In this statement, Kenneth Frampton (1983) identiﬁes the air-conditioner as a potent symbol of the way in which the environmental function of architecture was transformed during
the later decades of the twentieth century. Through the agency of mechanical systems, operating within sealed building envelopes, Le Corbusier’s proposition of, “. . . only one house for all countries, the house of exact breathing” has become globally commonplace (Le Corbusier, 1930).