Starting over a century ago, Pittsburgh begun disrupting it's surrounding natural environment with intense industrial production. This caused the city and it's urban systems to develop rapidly, neglecting the negative side effects. The Strip, Pittsburgh's most prominent post-industrially reviving neighborhood is still littered with abandoned lots, desperate for the imagination, especially solutions that can increase the public's ease in enjoying the riverfront. The city's increasing need for commuter housing solutions serves as the basis for this project, however, to challenge the anthropocene is the primary purpose of the design solution.
To develop a large-scale self-managing cycle, programs such as DIVA and Ladybug were used to generate effective ways to architecturally capture solar energy. The process is simple. First the topography was manipulated to suggest the approximate build-up of housing, from which we then extract the areas of high radiation. In identifying these locations, scripts were ran to establish an efficient network of pipes for algae biofuel production to be utilized. The varying density of the topographical network also determines how the housing and public space is arranged.
IN COLLABORATION WITH ISADORA MARTINS. THIRD YEAR.