GWAM

Assignment 1 – Part 1 and 2

24, نوفمبر 2010

GREEN GIANTS

Group GWAM

Many people are against constructing massive buildings and projects, because of how much space and materials they consume.  However, the designs given through giant eco-friendly building designs can solve many problems.  Green building is good for the environment because it’s energy efficient, which reduces the need to burn fossil fuels and helps fight climate change—one of society’s most pressing environmental issues. This type of design building could be directly beneficial to us since we do live in the large urban environment of Atlanta.  It would not only help us today, but it will help the future of earth. The benefits from implementing these buildings are endless:

It provides accessible green spaces for dense urban living, grows fresh produce in the ‘concrete’ jungle, and just provides an overall cleaner atmosphere for living in.

This type of design could also be incorporated into business buildings to help them be self sustaining and efficient.  This can be done by collecting rain water and recycling it through filters using it throughout the building in its gardens and other facilities that require water.  Cutting down costs and energy is key for this to be efficient and beneficial to the future.

Some new possible taxonomies:

  • Urban Living Design
  • Concrete Farming Design Within a City
  • Eco-friendly Design with New Innovation

Initial Negotiations:

  • Between the grower and the consumer, how the design project is financed and how it is paid for, between the people and the green space

Negotiations out of text:

  • the Green Giant and the Earth, energy used and energy conserved, initial cost and maintenance, productivity of employees of the building and the surrounding environment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyNm5z5Oeec

Explanation

  • the Green Giant and the Earth:  It will have positive impacts on the earth bringing a more stable atmosphere and other Eco-friendly benefits.
  • energy used and energy conserved: it will be a more efficient building in that it will use less energy and water to maintain its structural status.
  • initial cost and maintenance:  It may cost a little bit more in the beginning building the green giant, but in the long run, it is able to stay kept up with less maintenance.
  • productivity of employees of the building and the surrounding environment:  there was a concern in traditional office buildings that having all glass exterior walls to let light in hindered the work of the employees because it irritated them when the beam of light became to strong.  With the implementation of the greenery system incorporated into the building it would help reduce this preventable aggravation.

Two Negotiations:

  1. The first negotiation would have one of the initial negotiations that we came up with.  That one would have to be between the grower of the produce and the consumer of the produce.  We found this relationship intriguing because it is unusual to find farm in a concrete, urban area.  Therefore it would take the consumer by surprise and change his or her whole experience buying fresh produce to a whole new level.
  2. The second negotiation we found interesting was the one between the energy used and the energy conserved.  The Green Giant would be Eco-friendly therefore it would be good for the environment.  By being good for the environment, this mean it would be using less energy to operate.  The building would incorporate solar panels into its window frame and/or rooftops, it would collect rain water and process it within its own filters, and it would require less energy to operate an air conditioning system throughout the building with an open floor plan.

Sources:

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/topic/Daylighting-Advantages-And-Disadvantages–19593

http://www.thegbi.org/assets/pdfs/GBFactSheet.pdf

http://www.thegbi.org/why-build-green/

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/604765/the_advantages_of_green_construction.html?cat=3

Sustainable Design

10, نوفمبر 2010

GWAM:  Grant Wilson, Andrew Miller

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

Even though many aspects of design help a creation become successful, there are a few instances when a design or well thought out idea fails.  This was apparent in the Haitian earthquake in January of 2010, in comparison to the Chilean earthquake in February of 2010.  Our group sought a case study that dealt with sustainable design that would have a great impact on larger scales, since we dwell in the large scale, intricate city known as Atlanta.  The idea was formed after hearing about the impact the earthquake had on the architectural structures within Haiti and Chile.  In Haiti, hundreds of thousands of people died after the earthquake that struck the nation, mainly because of the architecture within the Haitian nation.  Buildings and other structures were built to resist the vibrations from earthquakes, causing them to crumble as the vibrations increased.  This lead to the crumbling of buildings with many people inside them, thus causing the death toll of this tragic event to be so high.

However, Chile is a country with with a high risk of earthquakes occurring, due to its location on the globe.  Therefore, many of its homes and offices are built to sway with seismic waves rather than resist them through the use of moats at the base. Cameron Sinclair, executive director of Architecture for Humanity even stated “when you look at the architecture in Chile, you see buildings that have damage, but not the complete pancaking that you’ve got in Haiti.”  Sinclair also claims that it is required by blueprints and building codes in Chile that even the low-income houses must be built to withstand the event of an earthquake of any magnitude.  By changing architectural techniques in Haiti, more people could be saved, and less materials could be used in the rebuilding process of the nation, thus allowing humans to sustain the resources they draw from.

This case study isn’t a project that is currently underway in Haiti, but a design fix that, if implemented, could save hundreds of thousands of lives during the next Haitian earthquake.  Some negotiations involved with this “design fix” might include how to implement this design without adversely affecting customs and culture, how the materials and equipment might fair against earthquakes of various magnitudes, and how to financially accomplish the implementation of this new architectural design.

Taxonomic Categories:

Earthquake, Chile, Haiti, Architectural Structures

Negotiations:

Between the earthquake and the people, between the people and the city

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/27/chile-haiti-earthquake-co_n_479705.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/chile-earthquake-resistant-design

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GREEN GIANTS

We wanted our case studies to focus on helping the environment and the future.  After coming across some pretty interesting results, we found that Green Giants Eco-friendly Urban Design Projects was the most unique to us.  While many people are against constructing massive buildings and projects, the giants designs given through these eco-friendly building designs can solve many problems.  The benefits from implementing these buildings are endless.  Just a few examples are that it provides accessible green spaces for dense urban living, grows fresh produce in the ‘concrete’ jungle, and just an overall cleaner atmosphere for living in.   This could even be incorporated into business buildings to help them be self sustaining and efficient.  This can be done so it collecting rain water and recycling it through filters using it throughout the building in its gardens and other facilities that require water.  Cutting down costs and energy is key for this to be efficient and beneficial to the future.  This could be directly beneficial to us since we do live in the large urban environment of Atlanta.  It would not only help us today, but it will help the future of earth.

Taxonomic categories:

Urban Living, Eco-Friendly, Ergonomical, Urban Design, Environment

Negotiations:

Between the grower and the consumer, how the design project is financed and how it is paid for, between the people and the green space

Source:

http://webecoist.com/2010/04/12/green-giants-13-huge-eco-friendly-urban-design-projects/


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