Third Year Architecture Studio | Professor: Dana Cupkova and Matthew Huber
The goal of this studio is to utilize the analysis of social and environmental patterns to create a responsive, hybrid design intervention that directly engages questions of environmental ethics, social change, and socio-ecological inclusiveness.
Through the development of environmental and social maps of the urban niche-ecological zone of Sharpsburg, core design challenges emerged such as: how can a design intervention respond to challenging environmental forces (high childhood asthma rates and locally produced toxic pollution) while also promoting healthy living and wellness within the local community?
Integrating Algae-based BioFuels into the urban fabric of Sharpsburgh provides extensive restorative benefits for the immediate and global community and ecology. Algae-based BioFuels not only decrease global reliance on fossil fuels but also sequesters carbon and pollutants from the air and filters water through the natural and industrial production of Algae.
These foundational mapping of environmental factors as they affect the health and wellbeing outcomes of the Sharpsburg community embodies a core challenge of the site and directly informs the design intervention proposed in this project.
Air Pollution Simulation with Childhood Asthma Emergency Room Visit Rates
O = Childhood Asthma Emergency Room Visit Rates
The living bridge grows from Six Mile Island to become an expansive neighborhood intervention that layers upon the existing infrastructure of utility lines to improve environmental conditions that directly affect the health and wellbeing of the Sharpsburg, Pittsburgh, and global community.
The algae photobioreactor system incorporates carbon-sequestering pumps that layer upon existing utility poles with additional Biomass collection nodes becoming a new infrastructure throughout the urban landscape. This algae system culminates and originates from its core on Six Mile Island.