Curator: Andrew Heid, XIE Jie,YUAN Jialin
Location: Collateral Exhibition zone
Duration: 2015.12.04 — 2016.02.28
This proposal is about an alternate trajectory of habitation. Drawing on the global history of vernacular settlements, our focus is clustered housing and the shared spaces that are fostered from a wide range of climates, cultures, and contexts. Within this spectrum, a catalog of indigenous and modern housing complexes are modeled and analyzed for density, solar access and ventilation. From this data, we hope that new techniques and patterns in design will emerge, conditions favoring natural ventilation, passive cooling (and heating), yet at the same time supporting the hospitable proximity of people living together within their environments. For over 80 years, the dominant forces of industry, development and even modernism itself, have been fundamentally at odds with how people live together, and in particular, how people live with their natural environments. By many measures, our built-up urban centers have exacerbated their local climates by overheating. This effect leads to a whole series of negative externalities.To elaborate this paradox at the scale of housing is to question the specific configurations, forms and fabrics of our cities today and how they can adapt and mitigate for tomorrow.