Alexander Pike and the Autonomous Housing Project, 1971–79
in Dreams of disconnection
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Before the first environmental crisis and the boom in alternative energies, the Autonomous Housing Project was recognized not only as a precursor – it was the first study on the subject – but also for its institutional and industrial support, its duration and influence as well as the quantity of documental and technical analyses produced. The adventure started in 1971 with Pike, wishing to continue Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work on energy autonomy, creating a technical research unit in England, in the Cambridge University Architecture Department. His objectives were clear: creating a theoretical and critical base to support the autonomy of energy services; developing the tools needed to build and test a prototype of the autonomous house; and last, promoting its marketing. If this project strongly influenced the 1970s, it still remains as little-known today as its architect.

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