aardvarchitecture News
January 2012
Our current work is focused on innovation in building construction, energy performance and the development of new architectural idioms that can address advances in both these areas. Our academic positions at The City College of New York, CUNY, and The Rhode Island School of Design have been great platforms for moving this agenda. City College's entry to the 2011 U.S. Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC, proposed the use of New York's only underdeveloped real estate - the roofs of buildings - for compact, open-plan "roof pods" that can store thermal and electrical energy, mitigate roof heat transmission and retain rainwater. We are now working on this concept for several different applications from private residential to co-op community room to a decentralized hotel system. Collaborative research on thin-wall, high performance building envelope and on the architectural applications of early response thermal performance software programs are also current undertakings. A Graham Foundation individual grant is also supporting research into the work of the German architect Sep Ruf. Finally, ongoing work on a ground-up townhouse in Harlem continues, giving us an ideal test case for thinking technology in its cultural and aesthetic contexts. And in Fall, 2011, a grant for collaborative teaching supported a seminar entitled Positions and Practice on the relationship between field work and theory in humanitarian design.

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