Browsing School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation by Subject "Adaptability"
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ItemChange is Coming: Pre-adaptability for a Resilient City(2020) Omidvar, Ava Toosi; Williams, Joseph C; Architecture; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)Since its inception, the Earth has been a living and evolving planet. Phenomena such as tectonic plates shifting and changes in the atmosphere have caused our ecosystems to change and evolve by natural events. Humans have been part of this ecosystem for the past 2.1 million years but have only stopped their nomadic way of life and built village settlements 10,000 years ago. Civilizations have faced many natural and human-made disasters forcing them to renovate, rebuild, or relocate. However, the frequency of these disasters through climate change will exacerbate these transformations. For many cities around the world where landscapes are being permanently affected by climate-induced landscape change, the built environment has the responsibility to adapt. How can architecture allow for change over time? When we know that intermittent floods are becoming more detrimental, how must we build our cities to prepare for living with water? ItemSymbiosis: Recalibrating Design Thinking for the Urban Environment(2023) Ripley, Benjamin Allan; Tilghman, James W; Architecture; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)Architecture is stiff, rigid, and tough to change, but in an ever-changing world, our built environment needs to be able to respond in kind. Without planning and designing for adaptability, the built environment lags behind the numerous societal and environmental dynamics that challenge our present time. Impending issues of climate change and rapid urbanization are now forcing architecture to reexamine itself and ask, how will it respond to these complex demands? In the face of this challenge, this thesis will explore a conceptually different approach to the design process that demands an inherently different product. Through an emphasis on systems thinking and development, architecture can be designed to exist within a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment, where our buildings could react and interact with the shifting nature of our culture and natural environments over time. Thus, through this strategy inspired by organic organisms, the architecture is then able to better embrace the context over time and become a truly sustainable model for urban development.