Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The lecture today was based around the concept of sustainability. The speaker was saying that the human race is a storm, determined on destroying the earth. Global warming is being caused by “the human storm”. The impact of sustainability: Agent of Transformation, Constructive/destructive, Dynamic Event, A thing not a place, and is a process. The twenty-thirty challenge was created to measure the carbon footprint being left each year by the human race and what we can do to slow it down. It suggests that we have to consider the use of a building being used.
One organization set up for this is the AIA. It is designed to find alternate energy sources to replace the used carbon. LEED also is a part of this: Leadership Environmental Energy Design. They set measurable target goals, a benchmarked timeline, and building design leaders. A concept used by them is the “long life, loose fit” concept. It basically says that a building should not be locked in by its energy source uses. A building should “live” a long time, but be able to change with society as we do. It should be open to be able to change the energy sources as needed. The target change in carbon usage is 50% immediately, extending 10% additional every year.
Today’s critique was a very productive session for me. The small groups helped me gain a better, more personal connection to my project and understand everyone’s views on how to make my project better. I was given a few suggestions to accentuate the spiral aspect of my project: the outer spiral as well as the inner. One option would be to lift the cylinder in a way to where the inside complexity of the structure can be seen as well as the outer spiral. The main suggestion Tommy and my fellow students offered me was to not add to my project. I agreed with their suggestions because adding to the project in terms of my binding agent would detract from my design.
The main topic our small groups discussed today was Focus. We talked about variety reduction, and not putting too much emphasis on several different aspects of your design. It is better to reduce it to one central thing that you are trying to emphasize. In my project, it would be the inner and outer spirals – particularly the inner. Contrast was another important topic we discussed. Contrast can be a good thing if its incorporated into the project in a good quality way. As long as it isn’t a distracting thing, contrast can be a very good aspect of the design.