Urban ecomorphology

designing sustainable residential units on six mile island, sharpsburg PA

48-300 Third Year Architecture Studio | Instructor: Dana Cupkova, Nina Chase

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Environment, Form and Feedback is a design studio with emphasis on systemic design thinking linked to the development of architectural forms and organizations in an extreme urban environment.

This studio is founded on a premise that architecture is fundamentally a part of a larger planetary ecology. This studio negotiates building forms and their organization within its urban and ecological landscape. In this project, I was faced with a site that is not static but changes its shape over time. After rigorous researches on the site climate, precedents and the eco-machine type that I was given, I developed an architectural form that not only responds to its surroundings at the moment but also leaves a space for the architecture and the site to grow together as time goes by.

The goal of my design was to combat the harsh climates of Pittsburgh by creating favorable microclimactic moments within the residential complex which would provide the residents with prolonged season to enjoy the outdoor space and activities.