This May 7, 2012 presentation is a part of the Housing Knowledge Community webinar series on research. Bill Rose dicusses building science and research on buildings, and how building science has been accepted within the architecture community. He draws heavily on writings and examples from throughout the 20th century, with particular emphasis on research before and after World War II. The course tracks how the architecture literature of the time described the integration of science and research into architecture. It touches on the variety of research, including behavioral, health, history, and technology.
The principal example is the science and research that led to prescriptive measures of moisture control such as vapor barriers and attic ventilation. The webinar traces how these measures were introduced (by an architect!), codified, applied, challenged, and changed over time. The example illustrates how architects participate in the research process, and how they apply the products of research.