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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.
  MATscape
    A Material Mosaic Triplex
Side View: Kinetic Mediation of Nature + Services.
Wind Quills, generate power using piezoelectric cells.
Site Plan/ Section: Land + Home Merge Together in a 3'-2" x 3'-2" Mosaic.
The "switch fabric" design enables the building to learn over time.
View North East: 50% Living House Units and Contiguous Landscape Elements.
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