2009

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    Regional Architecture: A Sustainable Archetype for Kaho'olawe
    ( 2009-05) Boss, Corey ; Leineweber, Spencer ; Architecture
    This project aims to demonstrate that Regionalism integrated with a focus on Sustainability and Culture creates place specific, sustainable, and culturally appropriate architecture. Regionalism and sustainable design methods are essential to creating appropriate meaningful architecture of place that people can identify with. All the contextual forces of a region such as, climate, resources, culture, economics, historical context, and technology, inform design. Cultural values are sources of inspiration for creativity to approach design. Cultural values are represented through architecture Regionalism is a well suited design method that when coupled with strategies of sustainability and cultural integration can provide a holistic approach to architecture. Regionalism’s framework assists the architect in addressing all the contexts for a project specific to place especially aspects of sustainability and integrating cultural values. Kaho‘olawe Island represents the Hawaiian cultural heritage and revival. The restoration effort on Kaho‘olawe could be appropriately communicated through a regionalist design approach to help Hawaiians, Restoration Staff, and Volunteers better understand the value of the Island past, present, and future. The following research defines Regionalism, Sustainability, and Culture to develop a hybrid regional design methodology. Three specific case studies analyzed and evaluated the design process of architecture with a respective focus on Regionalism, Sustainability, and culturally sensitive design. This research uses these definitions and examples to develop a hybrid design method termed Culturally Sustainable Regionalism. The ability of this hybrid design methodology to create place specific, sustainable, and culturally appropriate architecture is demonstrated in an application located on Kaho‘olawe.
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    Immersing Architecture: The Futures of Undersea Development
    ( 2009-05) Henderson, Chad ; David Rockwood ; Architecture
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    Going Zero
    ( 2009-05) Higa, Christi ; Anderson, Amy ; Architecture
    Correctly guessing the future costs for energy is like winning the lottery. No one really knows how high prices may rise, but once it is revealed, future energy costs could be life changing. Now, imagine owning a home where it does not matter how outrageously high energy prices become. Remodeling or designing a home to achieve net-zero energy will lessen the burden of fl uctuating energy prices. Today it is easy to create a comfortable home that is not 100% dependent on an electric company but making the commitment towards change may be the most diffi cult aspect of the whole process. This Doctorate Project will explore the procedures for creating a net-zero energy home (ZEH), including an overview of the issues that were encountered as the research unfolded.
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    Emotional Space: An Approach for Balancing Historic Preservation and New Construction in the Redevelopment of Chinese Culture Museums
    ( 2009-05) Huang, Ying ; Leineweber, Spencer ; Architecture
    We cannot avoid the confrontation between old and new in the redevelopment of Chinese cultural museums. How to balance the two of them becomes a problem in China. However, the current expansion or renovation of Chinese cultural museums remains far from the goal of balancing old and new. Most approaches have employed western museum design strategies to create a place for Chinese art, which delivers a western spiritual and emotional space that differs from the appropriate space for a Chinese cultural context. This mental disconnection not only causes the result of imbalance, but also obstructs the complete access to Chinese art. Therefore, this study focuses on the definition of the Chinese spatial conceptions both in buildings and gardens, demonstrated by an alternative design proposition for the New Suzhou Art Museum in employing the concept of Emotional Space as the primary design principle. Emotional space allows communication among buildings, the environment, and human beings through people’s various senses. Both the old and new parts of museum projects require making the architecture speak to the public. The employment of emotional space becomes an approach to establish the basic design elements for the incorporation of the old and new. This common ground, emotional space, not only provides a possible solution to solve current confrontations, but also points out an approach to ensure cultural museums tell their own stories.
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    Creating Better Projects Through Rethinking Architectural Practice
    ( 2009-05) Louie, Travis ; Akiona, Randall ; Architecture
    This doctoral project outlines the evolution of architectural practice, presents standards that have influenced the practice of architecture and the built environment, and introduces an alternative model to providing better projects. Because the built environment is largely composed of architecture, the understanding of architectural practice is important in the quest for creating better projects. The processes, strategies, and standards by which architects practice ultimately affect each project. How can the practice of architecture enhance environments for the end user, lead to an improved means of providing their service, and create better value architecture? The research for this project consists of three parts. Section one outlines the historical evolution of architectural practice from the “master builder” to the contemporary architect. The evolution investigates the changing roles of the architect over the years, the purpose of the architect in society, and the development of a professional practice of architecture. This section begins to evaluate the social implications that affect the design and production of the built environment. The second portion questions how the practice of architecture can create better projects. Part two sets the criteria for project quality, determined by defining standards that make a project “better”. In addition, this section will investigate current influences in architectural practice that impact project quality. The five influences I introduce are: the client and consumer, industry members, professionalization, the design and delivery process, and education and training. The goal of this section is to understand the architect’s challenges within practice that affect the quality of a built project. Section three of this study is a compilation of the research that rethinks the practice of architecture, formulates an alternative path for creating better projects, and poses further questions for the continued evolution of the architect.