Research and Design

Research helps us advance our craft of design and architecture through exploratory methodologies, processes, and materials.

AI FOR INTERIOR APPLICATIONS

AI in accelerating design functions that are most efficient when handled by a computer. In collaboration with various data scientist in the bay area.

Year: 2019

SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION, LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

Dr. Kristen Mitchell + AquaNRG, Year: 2018

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NET ZERO ENERGY COMPACT HOUSING

Independent Research + Michael GambleGamble & Gamble Architects; Alcoa FoundationResource Furniture, New York; Sarah Watson, Deputy Director at Citizens Housing & Planning Council, New York; 

Sarah mcconnell; Patrick Chopson, Pattern R+D    

Year: 2014 

Affordable, net zero and energy efficient housing is one of the most pressing issues facing major metropolitan areas today.  Our goal was to expand 21st housing options to meet the needs of changing urban demographics, sustainability targets and alternative energy requirements, all through smartly researched and elegantly designed housing and public space solutions. 

PASSIVE SOLAR SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES

Independent Research + Godfried L. Augenbroe, Year: 2014

Non-linearity of the effects of air and radiant temp, airflow, humidity and ventilation were analyzed; seeking new solar passive energy techniques for various climate zones.

NET ZERO ENERGY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Independent Research + Michael Gamble, Architect, GG ARCHITECTS, Year: 2013

We are moving towards urbanization at a rapid rate both in the US and globally. More than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This calls for new denser housing types with more vitality and efficiency to be designed around the concepts of walkability and transportation access with proximity to essential nodes such as cultural and entertainment centers, health services and education centers.

We currently have the technology to be entirely off-grid. How do we incorporate this into an affordable housing system and deliver the benefits to a broader portion of our population? How do we integrate both energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to reach net-zero energy in an affordable housing model? By optimizing the building envelope and orientation of each compartment, using affordable energy appliances, incorporation of both natural and artificial lighting in smarter ways, utilizing natural ventilation, optimizing air flow, capturing runoff and reducing the urban heat island effect we tackled the design of these affordable units in Atlanta’s tricky climate zone.

VERTICAL FARMING, FUTURE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Judy O’Buck Gordon, Architect, Year: 2012

Rapid population increase, habits of urbanization, climate change and diminishing water supply channels result in a rapid decrease of our resources for agricultural purposes. 

Vertical farming is an urban solution for improving our future food production system, designed to reduce our footprint by using advanced technology and design methodologies to optimize the production system through the whole cycle.

SOLAR PASSIVE ENERGY ANALYSIS IN ANCIENT ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE

Independent Research + Dr. Sonit Bafna, Year: 2009

Oscillating between solar passive design strategies and solar active technological solutions, a new curiosity arose to analyze how passive strategies were used in ancient Islamic architecture. The many techniques and methodologies in providing shading, increasing humidity levels, cooling and ventilation in hot climates, such as the Middle East were analyzed and archived to enrich the discourse on future projects in sustainable design and development.