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GREEN NEGLIGEE: Emergent Ecologies of Post-Soviet Housing Block; Bratislava Slovakia
Design Research / Project supported by Arnold W. Brunner Grant, AIA NY Chapter / Completed in Spring 2012

GREEN NELIGEE proposes an alternative sustainable approach to adaptive reuse in the Eastern European multi-family panalized housing blocks. The Negligee is an infused overlay, always revealing the body of the building blocks to different degrees. There is no attempt to reconstruct the body itself, but rather to tap into its systemic character within the landscape and its bodily functions to produce new spatial, social and ecological conditions. We developed a specific approach to environmental analysis as both a first mode of inquiry and as input for a design method for building adaptive parametric models linked to specific series of data sets, which provide an alternative analytical model for more efficient form finding and performative testing. Rather than designing a single solution to the problem we designed a process, which suggests the effective trending for loose fit distribution of specific energy harvesting systems, while negotiating between individual and collective ownership of the housing and landscapes. The Green Negligee is a lightweight, secondary façade system that blur the hard boundary between the buildings and the landscape, as well as host a variety of low maintenance quasi-naturalistic systems, energy harvesting devices, and native biotic species 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 (yet currently suppressed) social desire for collective cultivation and leisure, 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 sustainable future for the Petržalka district.

Principal Investigators: Concept, Analysis and Design: Dana Cupkova + Kevin Pratt / Design and Production Team: Michael Esposito, Travis Fitch, Shujian Jian, Siyuan Ye, Daniel Marino, Karbi Chan Yuet, Jeremy Burke / Analysis Team: Andrew Heumann, Sebastian Hernandez / Special Thanks to: Francis Moon, Ephrahim Garcia and William Jewell for their feedback.