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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The Littleton Trials

The Littleton Trials

by David Kennedy (MDes ’16), Jacob Mans (MDes ’16), and Benjamin Peek (MDes ’16)—Recipient of the Daniel L Schodeck Award for Technology and Sustainability This inquiry…

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Living Conservation

Living Conservation

by Mary Catherine Miller (MDes ’17) Prominent ecologists and biologists have published extensively on the power of movement in plants,  yet landscape architects tend to…

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Sovereignty on Stilts: Drawing a Genealogy of Extra-Territorial Urbanization along the Mudflats of the Tropical Belt

Sovereignty on Stilts: Drawing a Genealogy of Extra-Territorial Urbanization along the Mudflats of the Tropical Belt

“Self-constructed cities, commonly referred to as informal settlements, are the product of culturally driven individual and communal initiatives. Informal settlements evolve without prescribed planning, design,…

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Energizing Retrofits in an Inefficient Market: A Scalable Model for Small Commercial Buildings

Energizing Retrofits in an Inefficient Market: A Scalable Model for Small Commercial Buildings

Buildings consume more energy than any other sector in the economy and account for nearly half of all carbon emissions. But much of that energy…

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