[Cancelled. May be offered in a future semester.]
General instability and rapid change lead to stress, which then tends to negatively impact general well-being which then leads to reduced human performance, and ultimately, compromised physical health. From economics, to climate, to technology and beyond, a sense of refuge – whether at work or home – has never been more important, yet most of our living-working spaces might be considered as not only being insufficient, but fundamentally insufficient with respect to environment and environmental design.
This IPRO project aims to create environmentally-designed live-work situations through prototyping creative building design concepts with “off-the-shelf” greenhouses. We will select a site suitable for a minimal number of units – on the order of 6 to 12 individual units. Various master plans will be explored, from urban infill sites to more “outlier” prototype locations. In addition to a focus on physical design, we will seek to resolve building envelope integration issues with regard to temperature and humidity in particular.
We will review and build on previous research in housing, generational-lifestyle preferences and existing free-standing case studies. We will also research and select a greenhouse provider who can provide guidance to the team regarding costs, typology, morphology, etc. Research will also cover the mechanical design implications of juxtaposing living and working environments with large growing areas and resolving conflicts between the two.