Ecotonal Housing - Thesis Project
Representing the greatest enemy to biodiversity, the edge effect is the phenomenon that occurs due to the fragmentation and destruction of natural habitat by human intrusions. The effects of a simple intrusion such as a road on a habitat core can be detrimental to the species of that area. To avoid destroying any habitat, the buildings have been densely located along one street. By taking into consideration how a building can filter the waste, light, and noise that is normally produced by human settlement we can preserve and enhance adjacent habitat cores. This proposed ecotonal edge offers a new way of living that is integrated within the sustainable limits of the habitat.
Project Type: Mixed-Use developement, and master plan
Project Contributions: All work, including but not limited to: Design, renderings, drafting, and presentation boards
Date of Completion: August, 2009
Firm/Organization: Project completed while attending The University of Oregon
Rendering view from riparian habitat to nature center
Rendering of typical living room
Rendering of facade and rear roof canopy along wooded riparian habitat edge
Interior rendering of educational nature center. The center heads off the site development and demonstrates through both its building form and educational signage how the local ecosystem works.
Rendering view from the street. This repeated main entry serves 6 units and provides a gathering place for residents