AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler
CONTEXT: Lecture in the frame of the seminar “Architectural Anthropology: 18th to 21st Centuries“, Accademia di architecture, Mendrisio, Prof. Sonja Hildebrand / Elena Chestnova, 18.5.2016
My lecture today highlights the interdisciplinary concept of the microclimate and shows its relevance for a contemporary ethnographic research of architecture and anthropology. Microclimates are—this is my central thesis—human artifacts which require serious architectural-anthropological research. They condense phenomena which grant us a close look at the everyday culture, social conditions, and political aspirations of energy-based societies; in other words, microclimates are far more than physical-thermodynamic phenomena.