Sustainable Design

Immersive Digitally Enabled Sustainable Design for Culturally Sensitive Sites

This initiative will develop digital and physical design infrastructures including geo-design enabled instructional tools, as well as other digital and physical resources, to support new courses in experiential, real-world learning for sustainable design. The opportunity to develop this project-based educational stream emerges from a recently initiated Archaeological Survey project in Turkey, led by one of the applicants. The multi-phase and long-term duration of the project provides the opportunity to engage design students in project-based, immersive learning within a real-world context.

The tools developed through this grant and the proposed design courses will introduce students to methods in Geo-Design. This involves the deployment of multiple data sets towards scenario-planning simulations enabled through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to support the development of design proposals through performance feedback from geographically based impact simulations to assess the potential implications of future proposals. Additionally students will be able to dynamically visualize historical occupations and the evolution of the site’s ecological conditions. Combined with the large-scale dynamic physical models that this funding will support, as well as experience on-site, students will be able to develop a combinatory, networked perspective to simultaneously consider multiple systems as they interrelate in space and time, and to recognize the dynamic codependence of constructed and biotic systems as codependent agents in shaping landscapes and figuring the future of site and its built and natural environments. We anticipate that the tools, techniques and pedagogic approaches developed through this project will offer a model for sustainable design education that is transferrable to other global sustainability challenges. The digital and physical models will also be made accessible to broader learning communities through online interfaces and exhibition in venues such as the Kelsey Museum.

Project Team

Kathy Velikov, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Christopher Ratté, Kelsey Museum of Archeology