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dc.contributor.advisorRockcastle, Garthen_US
dc.contributor.authorMihaly, Rachel Vaccaroen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-26T05:49:37Z
dc.date.available2014-06-26T05:49:37Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15513
dc.description.abstractABSTRACT Title of Document: ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE: A DIALECTICAL VISION Rachel Vaccaro Mihaly, M.Arch, 2014 Directed By: Professor, Garth Rockcastle, Architecture How do architects improve building design to increase harmony and reduce disassociation from our natural world and adapt beneficial natural systems that will result in better alignment with the environment? In order to improve experiential outcomes for re-association with the surrounding environment, this thesis is focused on two key areas: optimizing design to specific climatic factors through better integration into the natural ecosystem for improved building performance, and by using architecture as a catalyst to improve our understanding of our environment and the surrounding ecosystem. To provide a more rigorous testing of the proposed design process detailed in this thesis, I selected two extreme climates for placing environmental living and learning center on each site. The two sites with extreme climates provide useful comparisons that highlight key lessons learned by applying a consistent process to the design. My primary focus was to improve building performance by realigning the relationship between humans and nature for improved environmental outcomes. By selecting two environmentally divergent sites, I developed a design process that can be applied for improved ecological design.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleEcological Architecture: A Dialectical Visionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentArchitectureen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArchitectureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledArchitectureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEcologicalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledOptimizationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPerformanceen_US


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