The competition brief was quite simple. We were asked to design a microhouse living concept on a hypothetical site of 5mx5m with basic living requirements as provided with proper planning, sections, illustrations and other explanatory details as per participants’ interest.
Research and Concept Synthesis
Though the provided brief was straightforward but the challenge was to come up with a unique spatial algorithm. I started bifurcating the brief and thought of going in detail of every aspect and requirements.
Upon doing enough research on materials and existing microhousing trends, I finally came up with an adaptable design – which was upcycling of shipping container. I found this to be practical as well as environment friendly. My focus was to showcase sustainability factors in design when added to fulfilling design brief requirements.
Although shipping containers have been employed practically in many affordable housing projects, my input to this was creating a better responsive spatial arrangement while using every surface as an opportunity for enhancing energy efficiency and biodiversity.
Daylight Simulation helps designers in identifying best building orientations to reduce heat gain and HVAC loads. For the ambient indoor environment, it can help decide advanced passive interventions for reduced glare and sufficient diffused light penetration.
Energy Efficient or Green Buildings are recognised solutions for slowing down climate change and reduce overall contribution to carbon emissions. Professionals in the building sector and green building analysts are adapting to this need and the use of Computer-Aided Design has proliferated the results.
Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) organises various workshops and courses on enhancing building performance and reducing its carbon footprint. EDS is a sustainability advisory firm focusing on the built environment. They have worked on over 350 green building and energy efficiency projects worldwide
This certification course lasts for 2 weeks, starting 21st September 2020. It enables learning of 3D modeling in Rhindo3D and scripting in Grasshopper to conduct daylight simulation using Ladybug and Honeybee plug-in.
Have you ever wondered about inciting spiritual metamorphosis of self, committing to human service, and living closer to nature, while practicing sustainable architecture? We have and we care to share with you about a place where it is possible, a place that teaches sustainable and compassionate living in parallel to physically building one, a place called Dharmalaya. Since its conception in 2008 by three of Earthville’s directors – Mark Moore, Mai-Linh Leminhbach, and Dara Ackerman, the institute has welcomed numerous workshop participants, volunteers, architects and nature lovers.
Nestled in the Indian Himalayan foothills of Bir, this charitable organisation transpires educative empowerment to traditional wisdom and integrates innovative modernity in its various participatory programs. They have focused on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, immersive ecotourism and preservative adaptation of vernacular intelligence.
Founder of Doodle Studio, Vaishaly is a Delhi based architect with expertise in Sustainable architecture. Her thesis project had bagged the 2016 INSDAG National Award for Innovative Use of Steel. Working as a green building analyst at Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) for 3 years now, she has had significant experience in handling building rating systems and striving for net-zero buildings.
In a talk with DesignTerrains, Vaishaly uncovers her experience in building analysis and passion for ‘Green Architecture’. With Pushpangan being a milestone in her journey, she explains the challenges of working with unconventional building techniques.
DesignTerrains (DT) :Congratulations Vaishaly on realizing your first sustainable project, your own residence Pushpangan. What inspirited you to independently take up this challenge of building sustainably?
Vaishaly (VA) :My love for creating a better world made me take this challenge. Since college, I have been incorporating sustainability aspects in each of my studio projects. I wanted to implement them in real life as well.
DT :That’s a great first step! Amongst the featured low impact techniques of this project, which one in your opinion was the most backbreaking to achieve?
VA :I would say, getting bamboo work done on-site was the most challenging one. As we do not get skilled labor to work on this material in the Noida region, I planned a bamboo workshop at the site itself. Around 10 people participated from varied backgrounds and we did the whole cutting, finishing, chemical treatment of bamboo on our own. Only the installation was taken care of by the site workers. It was a great experience for me and I will always be grateful to all those who participated during that time.
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The Solar Decathlon India is a competition among post graduate and graduate students from Indian institutions to empower the next generation to combat Climate Change in the buildings sector. Using a competition platform, the competition reaches out to 500,000 engineering + architecture students across India and invites them to innovate for net-zero-energy, net-zero-water, net-zero-waste and climate resilient buildings.
Pioneers in off-grid living, Morgan and Mary Jane of North Carolina have been hosting natural building and sustainable living workshops since 2016 at Sustainable Life School. Their previous experimentation with earthbag construction serves as a basis for workshops. They believe that the technique results in strong, versatile, inexpensive and eco-friendly structures.
Based in Bali, Bamboo U provides hands on learning of bamboo design and architecture through workshops and their special 11 day course. This year they have come up with series of insightful interactions with bamboo experts at their podcast channel Bamboo U Podcast
Our personal favourite episode is Reimagining Homes with Bamboo, where Elora Hardy talks about bamboo building under a new perspective for residential architecture. She is founder and director of IBUKU, a design firm devoted to innovative bamboo architecture.
This article is based on author’s participation at the 2019 edition of the workshop and outlines her personal viewpoint.Visit the workshop website for detailed information.
The unprecedented initiative by Roberto Rocco, Associate Professor at Department of Urbanism TU Delft, has ignited the quest for sustainable development in the hearts of many students and professionals across the globe. His personal vision for the Summer School, which was first conducted in 2014, encompasses spreading the bountiful Dutch knowledge of water management in delta regions and pooling of new urban ideas at the hub of sustainability. Keeping The New Urban Agenda and UN Sustainability Development Goals(SDGs) in the forefront, each year workshop invites over 100 participants, whose own careers are aligned to school’s objectives.
The 100 hours summer school is smartly packed with array of activities, keeping the young minds on their toes. The series of lectures by the department’s professors and HOD Vincent Nardin, establishes an insight into the evolution of Delta Works in keeping Netherlands safe and sustainable. Apart from stupendous techniques of mitigation engineering, the participants are also made to think about planning related aspects like stakeholders, heritage, public safety, mobility, governance and public participation.
The book offer numerous fascinating scenarios in which humans transcend the role of mere stewards of the planet. Instead, they suggest, why not become co-creators of the simplest invention ever: abundance?
It invite us to reimagine everything from doorknobs to the Hoover Dam. In a world that uses design as a tool for positive impact, industry can do better than “do no harm”: it can actively improve everything with which it comes into contact.
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