U.S. Architectute at Zero

The US Architecture at Zero project was a collaborative effort to continue the group entry from the Architecture at Zero Competition, but relocate the same building onto 14 different sites around the US to test the systems that needed to be changed to each location/climate and what that does to the architecture. The project focused on the ideas of passive ventilation through stack ventilation and through simulation find the optimal position, size, and height of the stack, and what effects that has on the architecture and design of the space.

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By Nicholas Lally and Brian Sudduth


A-C Commons

A-C Commons is a proposal for a new student housing type. It is a modular, “tiny home” project adapted to a student housing program on a campus that strives for sustainable methods and designs.  The units - which contain an area for SLEEPING, STUDYING, LOUNGING, and a BATHROOM - are arranged on the site in a neighborhood with the central shared space - the HUB - providing a common area that provides for the students a KITCHEN, STUDY ROOM, LOUNGE, BATHROOMS, and other spaces as seen fit. These can be arranged in an infinite number if organizations.

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By Eric Goldstein


E-HOUSE: Retrofit

E-HOUSE: Retrofit looks to expand and further develop interior and exterior wall studies of her group’s submission for the Architecture at Zero Competition. Insun looked at the technical and poetic potential of recyclable materials, and how they can be used to improve the efficiency and aesthetics of the wall types. The project investigated the performance of the walls through EPC calculations and simulations, with additional research into airflow for passive ventilation through the building.

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By In-sun Yu


Spatial Evolution

This project is a continuation on from the group submission for the Architecture at Zero Competition. In this continuation, Jerrard focused on interior development and design of a typical floor plan. There is additional emphasis on the evolution of the apartment layouts through user-actions. The project focused on developing furniture and furnishings for certain areas in the floor plan, such as the kitchen.

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By Jerrard Hall


Architecture @ Zero Facade Exploration

Continuing on from the Architecture at Zero Competition, this project continued to further develop the north facades for the project. The project explores the ideas of vertical circulation through partly staircases on the north facades that help to bring air into the stair tower from an open exterior on the ground floor. The project looks to explore more energy production through the use of vertical wind turbines on each terraced roof.

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By Kyle Johnson


Single Parent Housing

Influence by all the difficulties faced by single mothers, this project focuses on creating a new architectural language that begins to create communal spaces to alleviate everyday stresses while provide support and individual spaces that promote independence. To maximize space is this small home, expandable/multi-purpose furniture is utilized throughout the home, including movable walls, including a tri-fold door and a pivoting bookcase.

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By Michelle Kraus


Metlife ReClad

This project shows three proposals for the Metals in Construction 2016 Design Challenge. The project aims to add more technological advancements to the iconic Metlife Building in New York City and improve the performance of the building through reductions in energy consumption. The three proposals look at incorporating views out of the building, BIPV, and new structure to make the building much more efficient, but without compromising the iconic look.

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By Morgan Nelson


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How can people in tight spaces experience private moments? How can privacy be a part of a fluid day to day cyclical use of a home that has multiple occupants? A piece of portable furniture that can rotate, with walls that act as usable room dividers as well as a method of creating new space in the negative/remaining floor space. Each face combines the highest use areas on each individual index. The triangular shape allows for the room to be divided equally as well as hierarchically.

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By Stacy Scott


Low Consumption Building in Monterrey, Mexico

Located in Monterrey, Mexico where high temperatures dominate throughout the year, this building optimizes its section to take advantage of relative cooler temperatures in a micro climate created by a combination of an extensive body of water, adequate vegetation that includes bald cypresses, eucalyptus and weeping willows and shadows on the north side of the building, created by the building itself and the planted vegetation.

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By Jose Garza de la Cruz