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Architectural Association MArch Sustainable Design graduate show 2013


AA students on the MArch Sustainable Environmental Design course exhibit their work

The Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) unit at the Architectural Association has a focus on the relationship between buildings and the urban environments which they form and occupy.

With projects located in 14 different countries the student schemes combine new developments with proposals for refurbishment of buildings, as well as outdoor spaces, engaging in architectural research through issues of environmental design. The projects encompass a wide range of contexts that include both extreme climates and high levels of energy consumption.

Below is a selection of the student’s projects:

Earth-coupled Residential Development by Danah Dib

Earth-coupled Residential Development

Based in Kuwait, this project challenges the country’s architecture which is characterized by the preconception of a harsh climate resulting in a reliance on mechanical ventilation systems. This project explores an alternative focusing on passive strategies to intuitive human behaviour that helps attune living spaces to natural daily & seasonal rhythms.

Refurbishment Outdated Housing by Ignacio Medina López

Refurbishment Outdated Housing

This project explores strategies for regenerating Madrid’s older housing stock, allowing occupants to modify the internal layout of dwellings and make adjustments to the thermal and solar properties of the building envelope.

Self-sufficient Social Housing by Ajaree Tedkajorn

Self-sufficient Social Housing

The project combines environmental design strategies inspired from the vernacular architecture of Thailand with provisions for farming aimed at self-sufficiency. Flood control protects the development from the annual monsoon floods while storing water for farming in the dry season.

Self-built Social Housing by Jose Luis Barros

Self-built Social Housing

Designed for the region of Esmeraldas in the north of Ecuador, this project responds to the equatorial climate characterised by high humidity levels. Local construction techniques have been adopted providing self-building opportunities.

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