Research Project Impacts of Wars in America on Building Technology


ResearchProject: Impacts of Wars in America on Building Technology

Impactsof Wars in America on Building Technology

AfterWorld War II, there was a vision of building affordable homes for thefamilies who needed housing at that time. Also, the Cold War in1950’s ambushed many American cities with inadequate housing forthe people who migrated to towns (Colomina, 2003). It was the sameperiod that the industrial revolution occurred almost in all citiesacross the world. There was an urgent need for cheaper houses, whichwere built fast and with cheap materials. The Monsanto House of theFuture came about during this period, and it only lasted for tenyears, from 1957 to 1967. The Monsanto House situated at Disneyland,California in USA was built on pedestals and white plastics crosseswith steel windows lining the four arms (Colomina, 2003).

Theresearch question related to the topic is whether the Monsanto Housecame about to housing problems or not. It could be a presentation ofthe advancement in building technology by experts in that field. Theobjectives and visions of the project engineers are somehow relatedto the idea of attracting tourists. Monsanto House of the Future wasa prestigious building built with cheap materials and inexpensively(Colomina, 2003). Since the demolition of the house, theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has now presented theidea of renewal and development in 2010. The original engineers anddesigners were Monsanto, Richard Hamilton and Marvin Goody of MIT andWalt Disney Imagineering.

Theresearch project aims at reproducing the old technology by usingplastics and other cheaper materials in construction. The project isa reproduction of what the original designers and engineers startedin 1960’s so as to build more attractive and prestigious housesacross the world. There is a need to build more advanced tree-housesand star houses that resemble the houses constructed in the pastcentury. In this way, there will be a reproduction of the oldtechnology and advancement the current building technology (Colomina,2003).


Colomina,B. (2003). ColdWar hot houses: Inventing postwar culture, from plastics to Playboy.New York: Princeton Architectural.