Monthly Archives: September 2010

Car-free, solar City

Residents have begun to move into Masdar City, the “world’s first carbon-free city” situated in the desert near Abu Dhabi’s international airport. The 2.3 square mile city, designed by British Architects Foster + Partners,¬† will be able to house up … Continue reading

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Can one green roof save the bay?

Water pollution from runoff is a major contributor to the unhealthy state of the Chesapeake Bay. Tackling this problem¬† seems a very daunting task when considering all the sources of pollution in the watershed area, but a solution is possible … Continue reading

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Systems of the Sun in Studio

Our most recent project in Studio Atienza was to redesign and reinvent the building core. Our challenge was to retain the basic function of circulation while creating new space and relationships for added program, all the while keeping the stairwell’s … Continue reading

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“Urban Playgrounds” of water reuse

While searching for links to runoff solutions in class the other day, I came upon an urban water reuse program to be implemented in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The idea is to work the water infrastructure system into the urban … Continue reading

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Mosaics, patches & corridors

Diagramming the patches, corridors, edges and boundaries that make up the landscape and house ecosystems made the relationship between all of these pieces much more clear. The difference between patches of forest/wildlife and those of modern developments is especially interesting … Continue reading

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Section Workshop

Our analysis of the lawn was mainly focused on materiality and its interaction with natural surroundings. The pavilions, gardens, and colonnades were designed taking natural cycles and factors, such as sunlight and wind flow, into consideration, but nature still found … Continue reading

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In-class notes and diagrams

-diagrams of passive heating and cooling systems, and solar geometries Examples shown in class illustrated how structural systems can be combined with heating and cooling systems to simplify  overlapping systems in the structure.

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