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Green School, Healthy School? The Role Of Children In Post-Occupancy Evaluation To Determine Indoor Air Quality In Classrooms, Andrea S. Wheeler 2015 Iowa State University

Green School, Healthy School? The Role Of Children In Post-Occupancy Evaluation To Determine Indoor Air Quality In Classrooms, Andrea S. Wheeler

Andrea S. Wheeler

Issues of internal and external air pollution, common diseases afflicting children, and concerns for optimizing learning potential are all important factors to consider in post-occupancy evaluations of air quality in schools. However, children’s perspectives on air quality are largely overlooked. Developing an appropriate methodology to include children is both important and institutionally difficult. This paper examines child-friendly methods of conducting post-occupancy examination of indoor air quality in school settings. It proposes interdisciplinary work on post-occupancy methodologies, engaging with social-science literature on research with children. The paper identifies barriers to the development of an inclusive post-occupancy methodology that can collect ...


The Pyramids Of Egypt, Fathi Habashi 2015 Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

The Pyramids Of Egypt, Fathi Habashi

Fathi Habashi

The Great Pyramid in Egypt built about two thousand years BC is not just a pile of stones. It is a grave containing a burial chamber, passages, and ventilation ducts, etc. It is an engineering feat. It took many centuries of experimentation till it was possible to build a true pyramid. There are about one hundred pyramids in Egypt. After about 500 years when the Egyptians stopped building pyramids, the Nubans who occupied Egypt around 1000 BC, built in Meroe another two hundred pyramids but far much smaller than those at Memphis.


Sustainable Design Strategies For Sport Stadia, Ileana Aquino, Nawari O. Nawari 2015 University of Florida

Sustainable Design Strategies For Sport Stadia, Ileana Aquino, Nawari O. Nawari

Suburban Sustainability

The need to establish a more sustainable design for everyday items and for people to live a more sustainably led lifestyle is evident around the world. As office and residential building, schools, and infrastructure become more sustainably built, there is no doubt that other fields will soon follow. The sporting domain needs to be the next step in sustainable design. Sport stadia can and will play a vital role in increasing sustainability awareness across the world. There is an enormous opportunity to have stadia serve as trendsetters in innovative thinking for sustainable design.

This research shows that there are numerous ...


Building A Shared World As A Definition Of Sustainable Architecture?, Andrea S. Wheeler 2015 Iowa State University

Building A Shared World As A Definition Of Sustainable Architecture?, Andrea S. Wheeler

Andrea S. Wheeler

Whilst the current debates on sustainable architecture is dominated by a conversation about energy performance and abstract certification—each easily manipulated to serve commercial gain—I argue that a philosophical reconsideration of relationality is key to a sustainable built environment, examining sustainable architecture.


Foraging For The Curriculum: Sourcing Local Projects For An Integrated Understanding Of Issues Central To Practice, Caryn Brause 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Foraging For The Curriculum: Sourcing Local Projects For An Integrated Understanding Of Issues Central To Practice, Caryn Brause

Caryn Brause

Historically, the profession has relied on the period of architectural internship to enable graduates to integrate professional practice issues into their design-thinking. However, as the profession looks for ways to shorten the licensure process, eliminating the timeline between graduation and licensure, it is necessary to examine how these issues may be addressed in a more multi-dimensional manner within the academy. This paper documents pedagogical research, supported by the 2013 NCARB Award, that investigates an experiential, hybrid classroom and field-based model for integrating issues central to practice in curricula. Original course objectives focused on introducing students to the relationship between concept ...


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 ...


Blind Spot, Andrea Macias-Yanez 2015 Syracuse University

Blind Spot, Andrea Macias-Yanez

Architecture Senior Theses

Negotiating between the physical and software means mediating perception, therefore physical space is defined by endo-perception and software space by exo-perception. This project investigates the temporary singularity of a frozen moment. Through means of motion Blind Spot will reveal unalienable, hidden software algorithms, stripping off what is not comprehensible and feed back the output back into the process of creating architectural speculation.


Variable Tectonics: The Project Of The Jig, Steven O'Hara 2015 Syracuse University

Variable Tectonics: The Project Of The Jig, Steven O'Hara

Architecture Senior Theses

This thesis is an investigation into how the means of fabrication and construction influence architectural design. This study intends to question existing relationships between design and making, by proposing that the designer approach the field of tectonics through the lens of the process of jigging. This paper will outline theoretical and practical foundations of such a study by (1) analyzing how the architect engages with construction by looking at the divisions and operations of professional practice of architecture. The analysis will continue by (2) defining the process of jigging, looking into where jigging sits in the practices of fabrication, and ...


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 ...


Intern Architects In The Academy: Preparing For Future Practice, Caryn Brause 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Intern Architects In The Academy: Preparing For Future Practice, Caryn Brause

Caryn Brause

In the summer of 2014, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced its intention to provide a structured path to licensure upon graduation to qualified candidates. As the period of internship becomes embedded in the academic curriculum, with students eligible to become licensed upon graduation, identifying pedagogical methods that navigate the relationships among theory, design, construction, and practice becomes essential.

This paper documents pedagogical research, supported by the 2013 NCARB Award, that investigates an experiential, field-based model for integrating issues central to architectural practice in curricula to better prepare architectural students for future practice. The paper considers coursework ...


"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 ...


Moor Movement: Automated Docking On Drought-Stricken Reservoirs, Daniel Beck 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Moor Movement: Automated Docking On Drought-Stricken Reservoirs, Daniel Beck

Landscape Architecture

Moor Movement establishes a mechanized docking system for unpredictable shoreline fluctuations on inland lakes and reservoirs. Due to climate change and warmer global temperatures, the threat of ocean level rise has initiated massive proposals to address the interface between ocean and man-made infrastructure. While this is a monumental problem, ocean level rise is not the only immediate threat. The recently declared emergency drought conditions in California are finally bringing attention to inland lakes and reservoirs. While ocean levels might rise 2-7 feet in 100 years, a lake could drop 100 feet in 5 years. What happens to access roads, marinas ...


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 ...


An Investigation Of The Painted Finishes Of Mission San José De Tumacácori’S Façade: At The Interface Of Materials Analysis, Conservation, And Cultural Confluence, Jocelyn Chan 2015 University of Pennsylvania

An Investigation Of The Painted Finishes Of Mission San José De Tumacácori’S Façade: At The Interface Of Materials Analysis, Conservation, And Cultural Confluence, Jocelyn Chan

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Located near Tucson, Arizona, the Mission San José de Tumacácori is a Spanish-Colonial mission and the primary landmark of significance within the Tumacácori National Historical Park. Begun around 1800 and acquired by the National Park Service as a half-completed ruin in 1916, successive campaigns of repair have stabilized but also obscured much of the original surfaces of its once brilliantly painted church façade.

There are comparatively very few mission structures that have not been repainted or replastered. Initial conservation methodologies at Tumacácori were experimental and would eventually give rise to the use of traditional building materials and methods. However in ...


Cataloging Built Heritage: Methods Of Recording Unit Masonry For The Future Of Historic Preservation, Lauren Shaughnessy 2015 University of Pennsylvania

Cataloging Built Heritage: Methods Of Recording Unit Masonry For The Future Of Historic Preservation, Lauren Shaughnessy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

There is a discrepancy between standardized and infield practices for documenting historic structures—from the surveyor’s intention of interpretation to how the project team chooses to adapt alongside a constantly evolving technology-dependent environment. A successful restoration project relies on comprehensive documentation and active communication among the entire project team including conservator, architect, engineer, contractor, (AEC), and client. If there is instability in creating a common language and method of disseminating information across these parties, the project suffers.

The published literature on documentation techniques does not fully represent the work of practitioners on projects, specifically for unit masonry restoration. Recording ...


Performance Assessment And Evaluation Of Hydrophobic And Ultraviolet Protective Treatments For Historic Log Structures, Courtney Magill 2015 University of Pennsylvania

Performance Assessment And Evaluation Of Hydrophobic And Ultraviolet Protective Treatments For Historic Log Structures, Courtney Magill

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis focuses on the evaluation of the durability of traditional and modern sustainable hydrophobic and ultraviolet (UV) resistant treatments for historic log structures such as those found at the Bar BC Dude Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, WY. These treatments are evaluated on a variety of criteria including performance in accelerated weathering, ecological sustainability, and impact on aesthetic and heritage character. Like many log structures in the American West, Grand Teton National Park’s historic structures are exposed to a large amount of UV radiation. In addition to problems delineated from contact with water, the physical fabric of ...


Pressing Forward: A Technical Study Of The Mancos Times-Tribune Building With Recommendations For Conservation, Samuel Loos 2015 University of Pennsylvania

Pressing Forward: A Technical Study Of The Mancos Times-Tribune Building With Recommendations For Conservation, Samuel Loos

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The Mancos Times-Tribune Building is located at 135 West Grand Avenue in downtown Mancos, a small town of about 1300 in the Four Corners Regions of southwest Colorado. Built in 1911, it has served as the offices for the local newspaper, The Mancos-Times Tribune Building until the early 2000s. The building is unique for only serving a single function and owner throughout its over 100 year history. It is also in a remarkable state of preservation, making it an excellent case for studying the development of late 19th and early 20th century construction technologies. Through, the study of period literature ...


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