After researching a number of factors this week that may tie into our project in, we are all beginning to understand the basics of energy harvesting methods, efficient and sturdy structures, and resource conservation. We have narrowed our research to four main categories: Precedents and Case Studies, Structure, Efficient use of Resources, and Sustainable Energy Sources and Production Methods. These topics will be further researched and studied and we will work as a group to create one presentation compiling all of this information, narrowing our focus to applicable processes and information that could apply to this particular project.
Our next step is to each choose an aspect of particular interest from some of our previous individual research to further investigate. We will each implement an experiment to test the processes and ideas for ourselves. We will present our findings through demonstrations and data collected over the course of the experiments as part of our research. Hopefully the projects will help us better understand the topic we have been discussing, as well as allow us to better present the possible implementation of these concepts to others.
“The Pulse Dome” event, for which we are designing and creating this project, will now include guest experts speaking on sustainable design, including Professor of Architecture William Katavolos, from Pratt Institute (See below image for Katavolos’ Algae Villa Design Studies). This development furthers the scope of our project, as it may now include an aspect relating to the presentation of these speakers and will possibly target a larger audience than we originally anticipated.
With this new information about the presence of experts in the field of sustainable architecture ups the ante a bit when it comes to the design and realization of this project. Hopefully we will be able to produce a product that tests experimental theories of sustainability, some of which have been studied in depth by The Pulse Dome guest speakers, in a way that is both interesting and educational to the public.