Casablanca Solar House, 1958

In the late 1950s, United States development aid projects started to incorporate solar design in the sun rich global south. The Office of Defense Mobilization proposed a “World Solar Energy Project” to demonstrate American ingenuity and promote solar energy devices, including solar ovens, solar water desalinators, as well as techniques for heating and cooling houses. This global effort produced little energy, but spurred a number of institutions and conferences, most related to the United Nations, that investigated regionally appropriate solar energy in subsequent decades.


John Yellott and Charles Shaw, Casablanca Solar House, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Fair, Casablanca, 1958

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