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The Crowd-Sourced Roadscape Project, Emma Lorenz Apr 2015

The Crowd-Sourced Roadscape Project, Emma Lorenz

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

During the fall semester of 2014 the 32 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) students in the traveling Savanna Studio participated in a semester-long experimental “crowd-sourced” project that was designed to engage students in hands-on site-assessment/field research for 32 separate “roadscape” sites arrayed along the 7350 miles traveled by the students and faculty during two three-week excursions. The students divided responsibilities for inventory of particular aspects of the sites (e.g. physical properties, existing plant communities, materiality, cultural conditions, climate factors, phenomenological character, etc.), documented their assessments while on-site and then later shared the information among the group in cloud-based ...


Eric And Anna Gustafson Residence, Designers Jiani Yao And Xinran Chen, Jiani Yao, Xinran Chen Apr 2015

Eric And Anna Gustafson Residence, Designers Jiani Yao And Xinran Chen, Jiani Yao, Xinran Chen

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Eric and Anna Gustafson have purchased a residential lot near Lake Minnetonka, in Waysata, Minnesota. They have hired Jiani Yao and Xinran Chen to develop a four-thousand square foot house plan, reflecting their client’s interests in history, global cultures, and modern technology. Eric is a hockey coach and Anna is a museum curator. Their children are grown, but are frequent visitors. Eric’s mother, Elsa is recovering from cancer and will be staying with the family for a few months while she recovers. Methodology included systematically researching client preferences and special needs, and also examining the building site. The ...


New York's Cova Condominium Project: Integrating Ancestral Culture In Contemporary Design, Joseph Danielsen Apr 2015

New York's Cova Condominium Project: Integrating Ancestral Culture In Contemporary Design, Joseph Danielsen

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

This project explored residential interior design at a compact scale, and addressed client issues of cultural identity, changing contexts, human behavior and special needs. Architect Frances Cova and his elderly mother Letizia, originally from Barcelona, Spain, purchased a condominium in Brooklyn, New York. The Covas desired a design concept that would incorporate their ancestral Spanish heritage, and its cultural identity, with the contemporary ideology of simplicity. Design methodology included assessing each client's functional spatial and character needs. Researching Letizia's physical limitations led to developing spatial arrangements to enable ergonomic comfort in her living quarters. To express architectural aesthetics ...


Chicago Lakeside; A Study Of A Reclaimed Brownfield Site For A New Urban Community, Rose Tashjian, Alex Robinson Apr 2015

Chicago Lakeside; A Study Of A Reclaimed Brownfield Site For A New Urban Community, Rose Tashjian, Alex Robinson

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

As landscape architecture students, we have conducted research on the Lakeside Development plot of land on the South Side of Chicago and created our own designs intended to create a captivating space on a 500-acre undeveloped site on Lake Michigan. This site, a former steel mill, is now classified as a brownfield. The history of this land created design restrictions dealing with soil quality, plant growth, and structural stability. Our research about the history of the site, current conditions, demographics, and infrastructure lead us to design strategies for neighborhood revitalization and brownfield reconstruction. Our findings and design specifications are expressed ...


Energy Efficient Residential Dehumidification By Solar Driven Liquid Desiccant Systems, Ryan Everly, Esdras Murillo Apr 2015

Energy Efficient Residential Dehumidification By Solar Driven Liquid Desiccant Systems, Ryan Everly, Esdras Murillo

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

In regions with high humidity levels, liquid desiccant systems have the potential to be highly effective as renewable dehumidifiers in residential buildings. Unlike current air conditioning systems, which cool incoming air to levels far below comfortable temperatures in order to expel water in the air, liquid desiccants control humidity levels with no dependence on temperature. The consequence is a large electrical energy savings from a significantly decreased load on the air conditioning equipment. The current problem with this technology is the equipment must be small enough to fit in a residential mechanical room, yet powerful enough to effectively dehumidify the ...


Atmospheres: Explication And Excess, Matthew Darmour-Paul Apr 2015

Atmospheres: Explication And Excess, Matthew Darmour-Paul

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

As the world becomes increasingly quantifiable and as innovative technologies allow for novel measurements of new phenomena, it is the ‘givens’ of everyday life, and the responsibilities a new attentiveness may harbor, that are under the so-called ‘attack’ of modernity. Architecture is not immune to this phenomenon, particularly in the trending topics of study such as ‘climate design’ and ‘atmospheric construction’. These are cited both as a response to an impending climate change, and as a technical means to design large commercial projects. As architects find ways to incorporate new representational technologies into the discipline, new ‘materials’ such as heat ...


Rethinking The Way We Live: A Case For Passive House Retrofitting, Jackie Katcher Apr 2015

Rethinking The Way We Live: A Case For Passive House Retrofitting, Jackie Katcher

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

In order to reduce our energy consumption in buildings, it is best to begin with the individual and therefore, housing. The residential sector contributes 54% of all energy consumption related to buildings, and it is also a personal environment for each of us to live and grow. Because of the deep connection we have with our homes, it is important that these houses are not only energy efficient and affordable, but also comfortable and enjoyable places for us to live in. Weatherizing and updating appliances and mechanical equipment in existing houses isn’t enough to significantly reduce energy consumption and ...


The Interlock House Environmental Control And Alert System, Kelsey Fleenor, Shuaibu Kenchi Apr 2015

The Interlock House Environmental Control And Alert System, Kelsey Fleenor, Shuaibu Kenchi

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

One of the problems in architectural research involving sensors is detecting errors within raw data and separating these errors from the reliable and relevant data. This research on the Interlock House aims to develop an alert system to notify when the house is operating below efficiency and for identifying abnormal data caused by sensor errors/failures. Additionally, the system would assist in controlling environmental settings. There are three parameters for operating this alert system. The first parameter, used to signify if a sensor is malfunctioning, includes the range for each sensor’s capabilities based off technical specifications. The second parameter ...