Architect urges peers to design sustainable buildings

Architects-Career-InformationSARASOTA – Lawrence Scarpa says the world of design turned upside down when the mechanical air-conditioner became affordable and efficient in the early 1950s.

“This changed everything for architects,” said the Los Angeles-based architect, showing a picture of a 1950s advertisement for a window air-conditioner in his keynote address during Sarasota MOD Weekend Friday night. “In 1948, there were only 50,000 home air-conditioner units worldwide.”

That number soared as Fedders, Friedrich and other brands turned sweltering households into cool oases during the 1960s. But in the early ’50s, the modernist architects of the Sarasota School used site-orientation, floor-to-ceiling jalousie windows, deep overhangs and sliding-glass doors to let cooling breezes flow through their houses. READ MORE