Unraveling Urban Life and Space
(Posted here a bit late - SD)
It has to start somewhere
t has to start sometime
What better place than here
what better time than now?
(R.A.t.M., “Guerilla Radio”)
This studio began with Joe Romm’s observation that climate change will be the big story of the next 25 years, like the Internet has been the big story of the last 25 years. If you’re in college now, that’s the big story of your career. Impacts on business, economics, and human use of land and buildings will be/are so pervasive that climate change will/is shaping your future, no matter your politics or professional field.
In turn, one of the biggest stories of climate change impacts and adaptation is how we don’t/use energy, both fossil fuels in decline and clean energy in ascendance. Energy use in business, industry, construction and demolition, human comfort, and transportation is a major shaper of the landscape, especially in cities, so with energy change comes landscape change. Yet big public projects on the scale of the interstate highway system or rural electrification now face seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Our cities face real challenges, distilled at the opening of this studio into data|heat|neglect. However the next 25 years unfold, solutions will have to engage with these challenges, leveraging them as forces to improve environments for all residents, human and otherwise. Solutions that are finding traction now are frequently urbanist in outlook and grass-roots in execution. This is the moment of small interventions guided by global goals, of tiny steps scaling the mountain.
How does your big Energy in the Landscape idea change a specific site in Syracuse?
Project site: One site (1/2 acre max; include both landscape and building(s)) selected by individual students from within the City of Syracuse
What to do/design program:
Th 4.7 Part II brief distributed; Part II begins. Syracusesketchbook.weebly.com live COB.
Tu 4.12 Regular studio meeting in Slocum
Th 4.14 NYS Green Building conference at Oncenter; no regular studio meeting; email me for appointment if you want
Tu 4.19 1:15 Guest lecture in CoE 203: Richard Graves (U. Minnesota and USGBC); in-class digital presentation of *final* drawings (not layout).
Th 4.21 Regular studio meeting in Slocum; work on layout and digital production of final exhibit pieces.
Tu 4.26 5:00 p.m. Energy in the Landscape boards due to class folder (in pdf) and online posts
(Print, mount, etc. poster session exhibit pieces)
Th 5.5 3:00 pm -6:30 pm Final poster session exhibit at Syracuse Center of Excellence, second floor (or as announced)
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Copyright © 2016 Susan Dieterlen
Assorted drafts, previews, and outtakes from the book I'm currently writing about the impact of vegetation and neglect on urban life. I also take other thoughts for a test drive here, including nascent design and research ideas.