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Beyond Building: Designing Sustainability For Humans

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posted on 2023-08-24, 19:27 authored by Mitchell Zayne Cairns-Spicer

Advancements in building design and technology have greatly lessened the environmental impact of cities and homes—however architecture encompasses much more than building performance. Contemporary sustainable design removes the burden of behaving in a sustainable manner from the occupant and hides it behind high efficiency equipment and passive design strategies. This approach to design makes up for irresponsible human behavior, it mitigates the outcome of a behavioral problem. This thesis explores how architecture may be able to step beyond autonomous efficiency and better engage its occupants with their environmental impact and the resources they consume. It explores how architecture may be able to bring legibility to systems of resource consumption that are currently obfuscated from building occupants and ultimately advocate a mode of use in servitude of sustainable goals. 

History

Language

English

Degree

  • Master of Architecture

Program

  • Architecture

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Dr. Miljana Horvat

Year

2020