Biomimicry: LabStudio

LabStudio: http://www.sabin-jones.com Briefly saw the review of LabStudio’s fall course on Non-Linear Biology, and couldn’t resist the urge to advertise their new website, and to comment briefly on the future of the biological analogy… more…

Oekonomics: Scale and Measure

Presentation at Urban Design After the Age of Oil, November 6-8 Scale and Measure The general question posed by the conference was, “how does design change after the age of oil?” Throughout the event, the question was taken in two broad ways, the first was how do we change the design of cities, buildings, and […] more…

Arch 811: Architecture and the Natural World: theory, history,

In David Leatherbarrow’s seminar on Architecture and the Natural World (Arch 811), asked the question about ecological and technological determinism. Beginning with Banham’s claims about the evolution of conditioning equipment in buildings and the complex dynamics of the natural environment, tried to situate the designer’s work within that highly determined web. The challenge seems to […] more…

ENVS 494: Sustainability at Penn

September 17, 2008 Presented a beta-version of the Scenarios for Carbon Neutrailty to a class taught by Stan Laskowski, Bob Giegengack, and Dan Garofalo. Reviewed all the data and raised the question of how valid green power RECs are viewed for the attainment of carbon neutrality. Asked the class of about 30 to vote on […] more…

Cleanliness, or Compost Theology

Is cleanliness a design principle? There seem to be different kinds of cleanliness. The cleanliness of a sand beach or a meadow in summer differs from the cleanliness of bathroom, but all indicate some kind of recent, or regular, activity… the scouring of waves, the steady growth of the grass, or the chemical scrubbing of […] more…

Biotechniques

Since the 19th century, designers have increasingly turned to biological and ecological explanations to understand the complex and interconnected nature of their design projects, as well as the unintended effects of those projects on the natural environment. Pollution and resource depletion are readily understood as the cumulative, systematic effects of human activity, but so too […] more…

Net Zero Studio

Available on Lulu: www.lulu.com/content/2561281 Net Zero: Ecological Urban Dwelling How green can we make an urban dwelling? Contemporary standards of dwelling require a remarkably luxurious flow of energy and resources to enable everything from ready comfort to rapidly prepared food to the pulsing streams of information and entertainment. This studio will examine the dwelling-as-a-system-of-exchanges, investigating […] more…

Clothes, Shelter, Personal Conditioning?

In the history of technology, buildings can be viewed as direct descendants of clothing, as elaborate devices for personal protection (and personal expression). In a lineage diagram they would have developed from the coverings of plants or skins, and then in Semper’s view, the development of the first fabricated coverings, textiles of one kind or […] more…

Environmental Accounting: Waste and Value

“Emergy” means waste, it also means value, and so poses a fundamental question for environmental accounting. Emergy is Howard Odum’s neologism for embodied energy or energy memory, the total energy used in the production or preparation of a product or process, whether natural or artificial. Put the other way, it accounts for all the energy […] more…

University of Pennsylvania: Scenarios for Carbon Neutrality

To be released at the end of this month. Co-PIs: Ali Malkawi and Muscoe Martin University of Pennsylvania: Scenarios for Carbon Neutrality This report presents strategic scenarios by which the University can reduce and eventually eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to achieve climate neutrality. This report includes an updated campus carbon footprint that has […] more…
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