My goals for this class hinge greatly on what we do for the remainder of the quarter, but with some level of generalization, there are a few things I wish to focus on.
Goal 1: The first goal is to get a better understanding of materials, and how they reflect in the performance/energy analysis.
Measurement 1: This can be measured through LEED and other performance analysis software. Similarly, I'll take this data and compare it to how the analysis differs between various materials used in a building's design.
Targets: Will be shown through a LEED certification. The goal is to essentially reduce this as much as possible, while still maintaining my architectural vision and to compare and contrast with other materials.
Design Strategies 1: There are quite a number of ways to explore this, but for the most part they stem from my curiosity and ability to look at building materials. These include, but are definitely not limited to looking at, exterior wall materials, window thickness/type, climate, insulation, and the list goes on. Also, to learn which ones have more of an impact than others.
Goal 2: My second goal is to look at style of the surrounding area/environment and to portray my vision in a way that fits.
Measurement 2: There is no statistical method towards measuring this, however since it is an aesthetic component, we can take section plans, floor plans, elevations, etc to get a feel for the style and make an assessment based on these.
Targets: The first aspect of my target is to get a consistent style, in which academics and architects alike can agree upon. Hard to portray this statistically. The second target can be made statistical, by having my building integrate local vegetation. With about 50-60% of it surrounded/covered/enclosed in this vegetation.
Design Strategies 2: Incorporate the help of local botanists(or just research) to get a good telling of what the local vegetation may look like. Create a floor plan that allows for maximizing natural light. Look into and research the surrounding areas to get a feel for the style of building. Then, off this information, craft a model that accurately resembles and fits into this mold, but with my own touch to it.
Goal 3: The third goal is to construct a building that encourages a feeling of pleasantness and simplicity.
Measurement 3: Similar to my second goal, visual assessments will take place to get a better understanding of this.
Targets: Every room needs some piece of artwork or be visually stimulating through sculpture, etc. Each room has access to windows and greenery in order to prevent that locked in feeling that many schools and hospitals invoke.
Design Strategies 3: We know that natural light, greenery, artwork, excellent window views, etc all promote pleasant feelings, so incorporating these components will help. Limiting blank hallway canvases, bland room design, and encouraging personality within the building to help give it a cozy feel.