WHAT is the thesis?

In an increasingly warming planet, how can externalization of building programs lead to
more sustainable and passive designs that are still comfortable and healthy for human functions.
This brief will be conducted through the exploration of three varying sites in the United
States on how externalization and climate adaptive solutions through the lens of local history,
technology and nature could be applied to each location. Local culture and program variations
would also be investigated to better understand how a mixed-used building could adapt and
respond between the people's demands and different externalization challenges.
The three sites would have designs that all reimagine how we live, work, and interact
with the outdoor environment in each climate. Then moving into the spring semester, the impacts
on social interactions and opportunities as well as concerns for safety, sanitation, and natural
disasters would also be investigated as a part of the design process to further detail the design.
Performance simulations would be conducted to assess the validity of the proposals, and the
drawing would be developed to construction detail to ensure that the thesis is realistic and
achievable.
With climate change, scientists state that global warming must be limited to a
1.5-degree Celsius increase in temperature by 2020 and even lower by 2030, before
catastrophic and irreversible climate effects take place. However, with the current trajectory
of policymaking and overall societal behavior, the chances of meeting those goals are unlikely.
The idea of our environment and “sustainable design” must adapt to a new reality.
How will we reframe our relationship with nature in this new environment? The typical
the tendency in this situation is to create a box with strong HVAC and then live inside said box,
but the reality is that the cooling and heating of indoor spaces contribute further to global
warming, thus creating a negative loop of global warming. In an increasingly hotter and hotter
climate, instead I challenge us to imagine living more passively, living more “outside” of the
box.
Christina BrownComment