10 Aspects of Sustainability

2021 - RESEARCH
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10 Aspects

 

Sustainable design and construction require holistic thinking across a wide variety of topics and fields: Socio-cultural, economic, ecological, functional and aesthetic, local as well as global factors must be considered and understood as equivalent and interacting with one another. This complexity makes it impossible to convey simplified recipes and answers, or suggest generally valid applications. Sustainable design and construction are rather the result of an unbiased, critical perspective and, consequently, a personal attitude towards the task - based on empirical values from one’s own experimental activities and a comparatively broad foundational knowledge base on topics of sustainability.

Supported by the Kuan & Wu Research Fund for Innovation in Sustainability, the Cornell Circular Construction Lab is working towards such a knowledge base for students (and faculty) of Cornell AAP and the Department of Architecture. Focusing on 10 Aspects of Sustainable Design and Construction, the compilation covers the current debate and state-of-the-art methods and technologies, as well as a set of explanatory precedents for each of the chosen themes. It further include projects and proposal that question the current understanding and provide an overview of alternative approaches towards sustainability. The chosen set of aspects for this research are: extraction; cultivation; reuse; fabrication; site; people; health; capital; data; water. In the combination and juxtaposition of these aspects, the knowledge base aims to make visible new and sometimes unexpected combinations and connections, while providing the foundation for a holistic debate on sustainability in architecture.


 

General Information

Team Members:

Leanna Humphrey
Gabriella Kim
Nusaibah Khan
Haotian Ma

Partners

Cornell AAP

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