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Portland State University School Of Business Administration (Sba) Renovation + Personal Comfort Investigation, Abolfazl Mekanik, Corey Griffin, Louise Foster 2015 Portland State University

Portland State University School Of Business Administration (Sba) Renovation + Personal Comfort Investigation, Abolfazl Mekanik, Corey Griffin, Louise Foster

Student Research Symposium

This poster discusses the results of a field study about indoor thermal comfort, based on investigations in Portland State University`s School of Business (SBA) classrooms. The field study was conducted by physical parameter monitoring and questionnaires. Both field monitoring and occupant surveys were performed at the same time during the regular class period.The measurement campaign consisted of measuring the environmental parameters such as temperature (Ta), relative humidity (RH), CO2, and sound levels. The outdoor air temperature, humidity, and sound were registered every 2 hour period during class time. The intention for this project is to investigate thermal ...


The Role Of Healing Gardens, Kalina K. Vander Poel 2015 architecture

The Role Of Healing Gardens, Kalina K. Vander Poel

Student Research Symposium

The objective of this research is to observe the use patterns of a healing garden located on the oncology floor of a pediatric hospital. Use patterns recorded through behavior mapping and tracking focus on collecting data related to the type of user, length of stay, and activity. Three user groups (patient, provider, and visitor) stay an average of eight (8) minutes at Randall Children’s Hospital ranging in activity from sit and relax to actively play. Some findings are concurrent with past research while other findings are not. This research serves as an initial set of data to inform the ...


Designing A Child Participated Building Evaluation Tool: A Review Of Literature (Naghmeh Pak And Andrea Wheeler), Andrea S. Wheeler, Naghmeh Pak 2015 Iowa State University

Designing A Child Participated Building Evaluation Tool: A Review Of Literature (Naghmeh Pak And Andrea Wheeler), Andrea S. Wheeler, Naghmeh Pak

Andrea S. Wheeler

Because the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in their childhood, evaluating health and comfort factors in the environments in which children live is essential. Children have a different perspective on design quality and define comfort differently from that of adults, but schools are generally designed without consultation with children. School is a designed setting that a child resides in on a daily basis, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child argues that it is simply a matter of a child’s right to be consulted about his or her day-to-day environment ...


"Sustainable And Green Architecture" (With Stephen Hoff And Naghmeh Pak) Celt Teaching Poster Symposium, Campanile Room Of The Memorial Union, Andrea S. Wheeler, Stephen Hoff, Naghmeh Pak 2015 Iowa State University

"Sustainable And Green Architecture" (With Stephen Hoff And Naghmeh Pak) Celt Teaching Poster Symposium, Campanile Room Of The Memorial Union, Andrea S. Wheeler, Stephen Hoff, Naghmeh Pak

Andrea S. Wheeler

The CELT Teaching Partners program was an opportunity to develop a successful teaching approach for a new class: ARCH 558 Sustainable and Green Architecture, which I offered for the first time in Fall 2014. I adopted team-based and collaborative learning as a method especially appropriate for sustainable designers. This required team activities on research problems to solve, but the final research essay assignment remained an individual activity. The problem the class presented was one of evaluating the benefit of teamwork within the course objectives. In Fall Semester 2014 I inherited a course that had not been offered for more than ...


Green School, Designing For Comfort And Beyond…, Andrea S. Wheeler, Naghmeh Pak, Evan Jeanblanc 2015 Iowa State University

Green School, Designing For Comfort And Beyond…, Andrea S. Wheeler, Naghmeh Pak, Evan Jeanblanc

Andrea S. Wheeler

Comfort is defined through human senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. Each sense can lead to a greater or lesser degree of comfort. However, children experience comfort differently than adults. They experience spaces differently and have different knowledge about the performance of a building than adult users; they can also have a perspective on design quality unlike that of the architect. School is a designed environment that a child lives in for over 6 hours a day; it is it is thus argued simply a matter of a child’s right to be consulted about his or her day-to-day ...


The True Cost Of Sips: A Comprehensive Tool For Comparing The Price Of Residential Structural Insulated Panel And Stick Frame Construction, Adam Meis 2015 University of Colorado, Boulder

The True Cost Of Sips: A Comprehensive Tool For Comparing The Price Of Residential Structural Insulated Panel And Stick Frame Construction, Adam Meis

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Increasing the quality of a home generally increases the cost of construction; however, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) illustrate one innovation that may be able to break this rule. Can a smallscale home that is stronger and more energy efficient be built in less time and with less construction waste for the same lifespan cost as traditional stickframe construction? Small scale residential construction does not benefit from an economy of scale that helps reduce the cost of SIPs in larger homes, this study assesses whether costbased design decisions can offset the monetary savings from this economy of scale. This study determines ...


Speed And Resolution In The Age Of Technological Reproducibility, SHAWN TAYLOR 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University

Speed And Resolution In The Age Of Technological Reproducibility, Shawn Taylor

Theses and Dissertations

The rate of acceleration of the biologic and synthetic world has for a while now, been in the process of exponentially speeding up, maxing out servers and landfills, merging with each other, destroying each other. The last prehistoric relics on Earth are absorbing the same oxygen, carbon dioxide and electronic waves in our biosphere as us. A degraded .jpeg enlarged to full screen on a Samsung 4K UHD HU8550 Series Smart TV - 85” Class (84.5” diag.). Within this composite ecology, the ancient limestone of the grand canyon competes with the iMax movie of itself, the production of Mac pros ...


Augmenting The Third Teacher, Christina Hoover 2014 Syracuse University

Augmenting The Third Teacher, Christina Hoover

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis explores the formal and material design potentials of the school and contends that for it to adapt to the needs of today’s techno-centric youth, dynamic and responsive materials should be integrated to enhance the environmental quality of spaces for a child’s developmental benefit.


Perception, Megan Rand 2014 Syracuse University

Perception, Megan Rand

Architecture Thesis Prep

In today’s age of technology, online media allows wider access

to architectural photos and information. Through images provided

by architectural firms, magazines, amateur photographers, official

websites, and social media, one can experience a building to

an extent, without ever visiting that physical place. This greatly

impacts the discipline of architecture, as the general public is

able to view, interpret, and criticize works without the consent

or the input of the architect. Before the rise of social media,

architects had great control over what information and images

were released for a project, controlling the perception of the

general public.


House As Mediator: Integrative Typology As Connector Between Land And Sea, Samantha Kudish 2014 Syracuse University

House As Mediator: Integrative Typology As Connector Between Land And Sea, Samantha Kudish

Architecture Thesis Prep

Rather than the water being an obstacle to coastal residential communities, water can act as an opportunity. Instead of barricading these areas from the water, integrating it with the area would create communities that are capable of living in unison with the ocean. This can introduce new typologies of housing that can withstand the continuing rise of sea levels. Blurring the line between land and sea by living with the sea will allow coastal regions to stay afloat, benefiting from ever-changing water conditions. A proposed new housing typology would introduce a new program to coastal neighborhoods, rather than putting up ...


Blind Spot, Andrea Macias-Yañez 2014 Syracuse University

Blind Spot, Andrea Macias-Yañez

Architecture Thesis Prep

Negotiating between the physical and software means mediating perception, therefore physical space is defined by endo-perception and software space by exo-perception.


An Architecture Of Dimensions: 2d, 3d, 4d, Etc., Tiffany Montanez 2014 Syracuse University

An Architecture Of Dimensions: 2d, 3d, 4d, Etc., Tiffany Montanez

Architecture Thesis Prep

A funhouse, a building equipped with trick mirrors, shifting floors, and other devices designed to scare or amuse people as they walk through is the program of choice. Funhouses are designed for the perception of the user. They provide an amusing architecture, as well as an architecture driven by position, form, and most importantly, experience.


Non-Stick, Adrienne Sheriff 2014 Syracuse University

Non-Stick, Adrienne Sheriff

Architecture Thesis Prep

Rethinking the spatial implications of the appliance

within the kitchen. Reorganizing the role of the kitchen

within the home. Reasserting the role of architecture in

order to create a relevant kitchen and a relevant home.

In setting up a territory for exploration, this thesis

becomes positioned for dual audiences: the techniques

and grounding intentions to be for the profession, but the

results of that exploration to be felt and experienced by

the lay person.

As my exploration continues, I will be interested in seeing

the various ways in which drawing can act as a producer

rather than merely a recorder.


Wheeler, Andrea (2014) “The Sustainable School: Effective And Energy Efficient Ventilation In The Classroom, And The Question Of Educational Performance And Wellbeing” World Sustainable Building Conference, 28th – 30th October, Barcelona., Andrea S. Wheeler 2014 Iowa State University

Wheeler, Andrea (2014) “The Sustainable School: Effective And Energy Efficient Ventilation In The Classroom, And The Question Of Educational Performance And Wellbeing” World Sustainable Building Conference, 28th – 30th October, Barcelona., Andrea S. Wheeler

Andrea S. Wheeler

Abstract: Within the context of designing a sustainable school, technical studies that address questions of air quality, educational performance and wellbeing challenge the trend toward providing for natural ventilation. This paper critically examines research literature that suggests that temperature and air quality are, in a large proportion of classrooms, so poor as to have a negative effect on children’s health and educational performance. Evidence in support of mechanical systems that control air quality contradicts a recent increase in natural ventilation, proposed as a means to conserve energy consumption in schools. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is generally not stressed, or ...


Wind-Induced Pressures In Air Permeable, Double-Layer Roof Systems In Regions Of Separated Flow, Jeong Hee Oh 2014 The University of Western Ontario

Wind-Induced Pressures In Air Permeable, Double-Layer Roof Systems In Regions Of Separated Flow, Jeong Hee Oh

University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis is concerned with the wind-induced pressure distribution acting on air permeable, double-layer roof systems placed on low-rise buildings. Because of the pressure transmission into the cavity between layers, the pressure difference in the double-layer systems differs significantly from that in a single layer. The interior pressures (in the cavity between layers) are highly correlated with external pressures at the openings on the external surface of the outer layer and thereby, the net wind load for the design of the outer layer is considerably reduced by the pressure equalization between the external and internal surfaces of the outer layer ...


Sustaining Learning Places, Ludmilla D. Pavlova 2014 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Sustaining Learning Places, Ludmilla D. Pavlova

Ludmilla D Pavlova

"Sustaining Learning Places" explores the role of GIS in higher education facilities planning and campus management, with an emphasis on creating processes and tools that support campus sustainability and climate action goals.


Teaching Concrete Masonry Unit Construction, Andreas Luescher 2014 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Teaching Concrete Masonry Unit Construction, Andreas Luescher

Andreas Luescher

The Architectural Materials and Systems course at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio pursues the integration of a design/build exercise, which focuses on the creative opportunities that come with the application of concrete masonry units. The exercise with CMU’s causes interesting interplay interaction, interpretation, and integration, providing students the opportunity to break away from compartmentalization and offering a unique forum for testing pedagogies about making. Students are encouraged and expected to exploit the endless possibilities of expression through spontaneous, coherent and innovative incorporation of CMU’s. Collaboration among students gives them a valuable occasion to realize a ...


Information Technology Project Management Of The New College Of Education Facility At Western Kentucky University, Christopher Lee Roberts 2014 Western Kentucky University

Information Technology Project Management Of The New College Of Education Facility At Western Kentucky University, Christopher Lee Roberts

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Information Technology (IT) Project Management methodologies are numerous, often varying from organization to organization, and sometimes from project to project within the same organization. Although project type and scope can be a powerful indicator of what methodologies may work best for a given project, choosing which methodology to use can be daunting for project teams. At times, even after due diligence has been practiced to identify the management options available for a given project, there may not be a perfect fit. At such times, or when a formal methodology does not exist in an organization or project management office, the ...


Mental Visualization Of Three-Dimensional Space: New Tools And Challenges In Building Design Education, Breshawn C. McNeal 2014 The University of Southern Mississippi

Mental Visualization Of Three-Dimensional Space: New Tools And Challenges In Building Design Education, Breshawn C. Mcneal

Honors Theses

As a future building design professional, a student’s ability to mentally “picture” second and third dimensional concepts is important. Learning the fundamentals of mental visualization is tantamount to laying the foundation for a building. Sketching, one of the skills required to bring a building concept to life, helps the student rapidly record their first brilliant thought. Though modern CAD software has the capability to auto-develop a three-dimensional structure, the user constructs a two-dimensional floor plan first, so the program output is based on the user’s initial input. Therefore, the quality of the three-dimensional design is linked to the ...


Creative Inquiry Into Concrete Masonry Units, Andreas Luescher 2014 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Creative Inquiry Into Concrete Masonry Units, Andreas Luescher

Andreas Luescher

A fundamental principle of architecture is the interrelationship of materials and construction technique to the architectural imagination. As a result of interplay, interaction, interpretation, and integration, materials give us the opportunity to break away from compartmentalization in the process of structure formation. This shift acknowledges the fact that construction requires a way of thinking: that embodied experience is qualitatively different from abstraction and is a critical component in the evolution of ideas. First-hand knowledge of materials - not only what they look like, but their texture, their heft, their pliability and the ways in which they are joined together - expand a ...


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