Emergent Ecologies of Post-Soviet Housing Block
| Bratislava, Slovakia | Spring 2012 |
| Design-Research Project | Supported by Arnold W. Brunner Grant, AIA NY Chapter |
GREEN NEGLIGEE proposes an alternative sustainable approach to adaptive reuse in the Eastern European multi-family panelized housing blocks. The Negligee is an infused overlay, always revealing the body of the building blocks to different degrees. It is not an attempt to reconstruct the body itself, but rather to tap into its systemic character that connects the landscape and the building through new architectural figuration which enhances latent spatial, social and ecological conditions. The Green Negligee is a lightweight, secondary façade system that softens the boundary between the buildings and the landscape, as well as it hosts a variety of low maintenance quasi-naturalistic energy harvesting devices that, in their aggregation, create alternatives to installed building service systems, new social spaces, and opportunities for emergent biodiversity. It's goal is to leverage the embedded cultural desire for collective cultivation of the land, and the political and economic ad-hoc social conditions that have developed since the fall of communism, to create a system that can be used to engender a new sustainable future for the Petržalka district.
| PIs & DESIGN PRINCIPALS: Dana Cupkova + Kevin Pratt | DESIGN TEAM: Michael Esposito, Travis Fitch, Shujian Jian, Siyuan Ye, Daniel Marino, Karbi Chan Yuet, Jeremy Burke | DATA ANALYSIS TEAM: Andrew Heumann, Sebastian Hernandez | SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS: Francis Moon, Ephrahim Garcia, William Jewell |