Tempering the Temporary: Improving Thermal Comfort and Human Well-being in Relief Shelters

Tempering the Temporary: Improving Thermal Comfort and Human Well-being in Relief Shelters

By Joëlle Jahn (MDes ’17), Shreejay Tuladhar (MDes ’17); advised by Holly Samuelson, Martin Bechthold In a world rapidly moving towards urbanization, an immense strain…

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Improving Window Selection: A New Workflow and Tool for Architects/Engineers

Improving Window Selection: A New Workflow and Tool for Architects/Engineers

By Huishan He (MDes ’16), Rufei Wang (MDes ’16); advised by Holly Samuelson, Panagiotis Michalatos Related Links: IBPSA Paper; Project Stasio Window selection greatly influences a building’s…

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Visualising view, daylight, and energy: A window design workflow for architects in early design

Visualising view, daylight, and energy: A window design workflow for architects in early design

By Wenting Li (MDes ’19); advised by Holly Samuelson Daylighting and view are often the two most appreciated functions of a window, but existing window…

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MASS(ive) Timber

MASS(ive) Timber

By Aurora Jensen (MDes ’19); Advised by Jonathan GrinhamIn the face of climate change, designers are uniquely positioned to reduce operational loads of buildings through…

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The Humid Threshold:  Cooling hot, humid climates via membrane dehumidification

The Humid Threshold: Cooling hot, humid climates via membrane dehumidification

By Pamela Cabrera; Advised by Jonathan GrinhamThe thesis centers on the design of a membrane screen for cooling hot, humid climates via dehumidification. Humidity drives the…

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Human-Building Interaction

Human-Building Interaction

Faculty Research Team Members: Holly Samuelson, Jose “Memo” Cedeno Laurent (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Yujiao Chen (DDes), Esteban Estrella (MDes), Jungmin (Ellie) Han (DDes), Pamela Cabrera…

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The Vulnerability of Potable Water with Climate Change in Miami-Dade

The Vulnerability of Potable Water with Climate Change in Miami-Dade

by Pamela Cabrera (MDes ’19) An article based on this research was published on Bloomberg Businessweek in August 2018. The environmental exposure to Miami’s drinking water, once…

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Coupling Thermal Mass & Buoyancy for Thermoregulation and Ventilation in India

Coupling Thermal Mass & Buoyancy for Thermoregulation and Ventilation in India

by Palak Gadodia (MDes ’16) This thesis explores how the form and mass of a building can be ‘morphed’ to control interior temperature and fresh…

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Mobilizing Habitations: Re-Imagining Nomadic Architecture in the Sub-Saharan Sahel Region

Mobilizing Habitations: Re-Imagining Nomadic Architecture in the Sub-Saharan Sahel Region

by Aman Singhvi (MDes ’16) As land is increasingly commoditized with an upsurge in population, it’s not hard to imagine that some people will be…

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Parametric Energy Simulation in Early Design

Parametric Energy Simulation in Early Design

Faculty Research Team Members: Holly Samuelson (Faculty), Sebastian Claussnitzer, Apoorv Goyal (MDes), Yujiao Chen (DDes), Alejandra Romo-Castillo (MDes) This project proposed a framework for the development of early-design guidance to inform…

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