Design Inspirations & Big Feature Ideas

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Module 1 - Design Inspirations & Big Feature Ideas
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Jan 15, 2022 5:31 AM
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Melanie Porras

Sustainable Built Environment Learning and Exhibition Center

Themes to Embody:

  • Sustainable materiality (rammed earth, timber, engineered cementitious composites)
    • Not carbon-intensive materials
    • Locally sourced
  • Decarbonized Building, which includes:
    • Optimal design to minimize energy usage
      • The building is built perpendicular to the direction of the wind to enable natural ventilation
      • The building is also built in a direction that maximizes the usage of natural light
      • The optimal positioning to accomplish the above is a North-South placement
    • Sustainable energy sources
  • Structural integrity/durability
    • Using the geometry of shapes to add double stiffness of materials
  • Climate Resiliency/Adaptability

Inspirations for Themes:

  • Sustainable Materiality: Rammed Earth Architecture
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  • Sustainable Materiality: Mass Timber
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  • Decarbonized Building: Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator
  • Decarbonized Building: Optimal Orientation Placement
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  • Structural integrity/durability through geometry: hyperbolic paraboloids (hypars)
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    Hyperbolic paraboloids (hypars) are thin-shell concrete structures that became prominent in the mid 20th century with the work of Felix Candela. Candela, a Spanish-Mexican structural engineer, focused on creating thin shell concrete forms with the intention of creating structures that were more efficient, economic, and elegant. Inspired by other thin-shell concrete architects and structural engineers, like Pier Luigi Nervi, Eduardo Torroja, and Anton Tedesko, Candela was infamous for his designs of thin-shelled concrete structures of the hyperbolic paraboloid (hypar) geometric shape.

  • Climate Resiliency/Adaptability
    • Dependent on building location as climate change will be different regionally
      • Fireproofing, anti-corrosion to acid rain, buoyant foundation...
    • Ex. painting roof white to reflect light and not contribute to heat island effect that occurs in cities