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SARASOTA – 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.…

They are anything but stereotypical cookie cutter homes equipped with parking garages, state-of-the-art architecture, and HDTV screens plastered on the walls. These sustainable dome-like structures, also known as superadobes, are the brainchild of Cal-Earth, the California Institute of Earth Architecture located in Hesperia, Calif. The concept was founded by Iranian-American architect and humanitarian Nader Khalili,…