|MATscape: A mosaic of materials, components, and spaces evolved for these homes, asserting that nature and people are mutually beneficial.
CODE: The three-dimensional form results from landscape and climatic vectors. The grid is encoded as an interpretation of the climatic inputs - solar path, wind forces, rainfall, and ambient temperature - in reference to human desired services – comfort, light, air, water, and electricity. The coding grammar is replicable for other sites; the results will differ appropriately.
EMPLOY: The home’s outer cell-wall mediates the incoming forces and nutrients while releasing waste produced within the system. The grid accepts beneficial natural energy sources while denying the unnecessary. The dynamic rules of employment are partially defined by the media themselves and partially by the people. The structural materialization reflects the life it supports; materials are net energy contributors either as edible entities, power generators or thermal energy conservationists.
RESPOND: The mosaic skin is kinetic. No single time descriptor determines the response of the grid. People adjust the louvers; shade the glazing; remove and place insulation panels; and plant and harvest gardens in response to their individual preferences and nature’s forces. Rather than impose a sense of control, people and nature thrive in cooperation.
SERVE: The built-form sanctions life at all levels. Soil pockets serve gardens, native species, and the water cycle. Minute channels within the grid framework collect and direct rainfall. The mass-flows from life within the home feed ponds and nutrient producing compost. Participating in the logic of the home, the people determine their consumption patterns to ensure that outputs become inputs for other processes. The dense settlement of a triplex serves to connect families and to preserve nature elsewhere.
CONTINUE: Construction is a process of selection and assembly that occurs throughout time. The interlocking panels can be updated, replaced, interchanged, or given a seasonal rest. Pods can be reconfigured for changing family sizes. The result is a systematic weave of materials and functions in which transition is symbiotic with the continued well-being of the life in, on, and around the home.
Project credits: Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden, Whitney Jade Foutz, Wendy Meguro, Luis Rafael Berrios-Negron.