The idea behind this board was to symbolize the contrast between our intentions and the reality. It talks about the damages we have done to the planet so far, the wounds we created, as shown in red and our last chance to make it right. The flowing lines of ideas represent the excess importance we give to creating new materials that are ‘better’; in terms of performances that can be measured, but not in the more important aspects like embedded energy, environmental and social aspects. Perhaps the solution lies in less processed materials and a combination low-tech solutions. Gradually, as one progresses, one realizes the college studio and the ‘real-world’ are two different things. The upper part speaks about the trends in architecture globally. We have been taught the value of architecture comes from its context to the surroundings. But in the industrial age and standardization, visually, all our cities look the same even though the conditions could be extremely varying. We need to take the time to understand things before building and analyze our intuitions carefully before bringing any more of these buildings into the world.
We have made one mistake. It’s time to learn from it. This is our Second Chance.
Individual Project: Density matters - Carbon Neutral Potential
Today, the world is facing the most important environmental challenge in the whole of humanity: Climate change. Knowing that, this it is mainly driven by carbon emissions and with the building sector contributing to up to 40% of the total emissions, the questions we, as Transsolar, ask ourselves are: where are we and what could we do more than what we are already doing to limit global warming?
Looking around to the rest of the world we compared different approaches and definitions of carbon neutrality already existing. Trying to come out with our definition and framework, we realized maybe we don’t even need a definition. But instead defining what is the potential for carbon neutrality is important, and as well as how do we communicate this potential to our client. So, we flipped the whole discussion from carbon neutrality definition to carbon neutrality potential.
So, let’s not care about definitions for now and instead focus on how much a building can do to be "carbon neutral" onsite. How much can you build in a certain climate, for a certain program (residential, school, office etc.) and considering what carbon balance? Here starts our sensitivity analysis, trying to answer these questions for different climate zones in different countries.
But we know It is not one building that is going to save the world. It is about thousands and millions of buildings that will be built in the next years. we know that the regions in the world that are going the have the biggest impact are the ones where we expect the biggest demographic growth for example Africa, Asia, Latin America. This is where we will focus our analysis to see how the potential for carbon neutrality varies and what does it mean to us in the bigger picture.
While we are still trying to understand the impact of buildings on climate change, what we know is that: according to how we are going to act in the next years, we might end up in one of the predicted climate change scenarios.
Mentors: Alice Chevrier, Markus Krauß, Daniel Kiehlmann
Ketan Avhad – India
Ketan did his Bachelor of Architecture at the Aayojan School of Architecture & Design in Pune, India. He gathered his last work experience at the office of Anupama Kundoo Architects in Auroville.