suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
EPIPHYTE Lab (dana CUPKOVA & kevin PRATT): The GREEN NELIGEE proposes an alternative to current trends in Eastern European multi-family panelized housing block renovation. Applied to the suburb of Petrzalka in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Negligee is a tensile net system, built from living and non-living components, fused to both existing buildings and landscape. It is designed to exploit the systemic characteristics of the local ecosystem, leveraging specific microclimatic features to produce new spatial, social and ecological conditions.
To implement this project, Epiphyte Lab first developed a novel approach to environmental analysis, merging data from sensors, GIS databases, and numerical simulation in a dynamic three dimensional workspace. This virtual environment was used to develop design protocols that use adaptive parametric models to identify formal and performative trends within different distributions of specific component systems, allowing a negotiation between individual and collective ownership of the housing and the landscape. The resulting lightweight, secondary façade system hosts a variety of low maintenance quasi-naturalistic systems, energy harvesting devices, and native biotic species that, in their aggregation, create alternatives to installed building service systems, new public spaces, and opportunities for emergent biodiversity.
Michael Esposito, Andrew Heumann, Sebastian Hernandez, Travis Fitch, Shujian Jian, Siyuan Ye, Daniel Marino, Karbi Chan Yuet, Jeremy Burk