projects from: asu herberger institute for design and the arts, school of architecture + landscape architecture
image: cindy LOUIE
studio description: the objective of this design studio is to pursue the possibility of an ecologically driven paradigm for architecture, urban design, and infrastructure. critical issues such as the current economic crisis and global climatic changes have had a profound impact on our political and social structures, causing a major shift in strategies that address the global and local needs for alternative uses of energy and natural resources. can ecology lead to the generation of new typologies for sustainable environments?
this studio will encourage students to take a speculative approach to designing an ecological network which will serve as an agent for the future growth and development of the city. the ecological network is a system that operates within a ﬁnite set of parameters, resulting in structural and material efﬁciencies …it is performative. the internal logic of the system dictates spatial arrangements and adapts to programmatic innovation. it is an organizational device which negotiates various trafﬁc patterns, circulation systems and infrastrucutral conditions. it can also be understood as a mosaic within a larger system, therefore, the ecological network is a poly-scalar apparatus that will postulate new models of development.
images clockwise form top left: adam TATE, brian PREECE, hussam KHOURY, orlando MURO
critic: frank MELENDEZ