This edited collection gathers contributions from a diverse range of renowned scholars and professionals to uncover the unique relationship between passive architectural systems and activism. Focusing on the pioneering work of the influential American chemist and inventor, Harold R. Hay (1909–2009), and the environmental awareness events that took hold in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, the book assembles essays which closely examine Hay's contribution to architecture and the work of those who directly and tangentially were affected by it. The book also offers insights into the role of passive energy design today. Appealing to researchers, architects and students interested in architecture and design technology, Activism in Architecture explores the role of passive environmental inventions as an active agent in shaping socio-political debates.

chapter |14 pages


Still in haste
ByMargot McDonald, Carolina Dayer

part I|1 pages

Once upon a sun

chapter 2|12 pages

A clear sky story on the evolution of passive solar design

The source and multiple applications of Harold Hay’s roof pond system
ByKenneth Haggard

chapter 3|8 pages

Harold Hay’s influence and the Zomeworks Corporation

BySteve Baer

chapter 4|8 pages

Free passive solar heating for cold, cloudy winters

Designing molecules and crystal structures
ByDay Chahroudi

chapter 5|8 pages

The empire strikes back

When too good becomes threatening
ByKenneth Haggard

part Part II|1 pages

Active repercussions

chapter 7|10 pages

Creating the context for a solar future

Two activists, two buildings
ByRobert Peña

chapter 8|10 pages

Shade, mass and water

Activism by degrees
ByJohn S. Reynolds

chapter 9|15 pages

Passive cooling systems in times of climate change

ByPablo La Roche

chapter 10|12 pages

Actively stretching passive

Adventures with night roof spray cooling
ByRichard (Dick) Bourne

part Part III|1 pages

Necessity and pleasure

chapter 12|10 pages

Building experience

ByDale Clifford

chapter 13|10 pages

Thermal landscaping of buildings

Climate-proofing design
BySusan Roaf

chapter 14|10 pages

Resilience as a driver of passive design

ByAlex Wilson

chapter 15|10 pages

From survivability to thrivability

Finding joy in passive design
ByVikram Sami