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    Deep Green - Renderings Complete

    By mpsyp
    Apr 22, '08 5:15 PM EST

    At long last I have finished the new renderings of Deep Green for my portfolio. As usual, I have been shirking my duty to update on a timely basis, and as usual, I will return to post updates, reflections, writings, etc. Probably after graduation in early June.


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    • Ummm..
      Basically wow.
      That is a lot of render-hours.

      Apr 22, 08 6:42 pm

      nice work.

      those wind turbines don't seem to have enough clearance to avoid turbulence caused by the canopy for optimal performance, especially the ones that are blocked by the building.

      Now are those squares on the glass frit or pv cells?

      if BiPVs, then your pv cells are slightly out of scale. last time I looked at glass with embedded polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, the wafers were about 4 to 6 inch square. there is also schott solarglass that has an amorphous film applied directly to the glass.

      this example by Micheal Lehrer is typical for silicon cells on glass that is available in the marketplace.

      Apr 23, 08 3:18 pm

      oh, who was your critic?

      Apr 23, 08 3:18 pm

      Thanks for the comments. My studio profs were John McMorrough and Michael Cadwell. Juried in two reviews by local professionals and then by Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam. We were operating under the presumption of custom manufacturing, so off-the-shelf parts were not an issue in the studio, though I do appreciate the note on that point.

      You're probably right about the turbines; the idea was that the canopy acts as a scoop and a wing, drawing air up from the double-skin on the north facade as well. Optimization would of course have to be done with a wind tunnel.

      Mack was upset that the green wasn't invisible, while Elam liked its "reclaimed from the urban jungle" feel... no two snowflakes are alike.

      Apr 23, 08 4:26 pm

      You're playing in under two different parameters: the performance & the aesthetic.

      Most grad school projects (mine included) are stronger in the aesthetics then they are in understanding the performance issues. I like the dichotomy between mack & Merril - does 'green' design have to look it (form follows function) or are stealth sustainability better for the market place?

      Apr 23, 08 4:53 pm

      Personally, i think "looking it" telegraphs something. Something perhaps even "political" in it's attention.

      Apr 24, 08 1:23 am

      Yes, "looking it" is a conscious decision that needs to be weighed carefully. I think that in the United States, there are only the beginnings of an environmental consciousness. Thanks to oil companies, we are now seeing a lot of ads about using power and resources responsibly (*cough*). At this point, however, I don't believe the impetus for environmentalism is absorbed in the public conscious, and a certain amount of billboardism is still a necessity. Yes, it is a political decision.

      At the same time, the idea was to be overt about the capabilities of the project while trying to undermine its coherence as a "Green Building". The industrial look (e.g., tanks and graffiti) is meant to counteract its green look, the patterning of the PV facade is meant to obfuscate its performative aspects, etc.

      Apr 24, 08 1:32 am
      chatter of clouds

      nice cosy renderings, i like the proportion of the building hovering above ground.

      i agree about the size/distribution of the turbines, but i also think that tectonically i still can't see them gelling with the buildings. maybe thats bcoz the rhythmically protruding turbine posts at the top are hidden behing the pv facade in the main body of the building. might have been fun to see how their 'sinusoidal' verticality could have been integrated throughout (though that might take up area from the pv cell surface) . plus, why is the sidewall so blank? that makes the building seem like its a block building with an interesting screen stuck to it. and i think the interesection between the protruding turbine posts and the pergola structure could have been more seamless - maybe the opposite facade structure could have met in off-kilter pointed arches...though that depends on whats happening on the other facade....and i can see its a very particular sketch u might have started with...a straight 'backbone' line andits parallel gay brother line that ends flamboyantly. im not sure about those plant boxes, they're tectonically off in relation to the building mass.

      and i see the irony of building a 'green building' ..making it look military green with an industrial allusion...therefor not making it look otherwise 'green'.

      Apr 24, 08 2:58 pm

      No handrails?

      Apr 25, 08 12:46 pm

      Goats are smart enough not to fall off.
      Apr 25, 08 1:35 pm

      the girl on the couch is freakin me out... stop looking at me!

      Apr 25, 08 3:22 pm

      mmmm representation!

      Apr 26, 08 12:26 pm

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