chapter  3
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The Selective Environment: Environmental Design and Cultural Identity

WithDean Hawkes

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).