An annual award with a growing reputation as one of the fastest growing new award competitions for architecture colleges is making headlines again today after Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced the winners of this year’s 2022 Course Development Award in Architecture, Climate Change and Society.
The fourth edition of the award included a variety of different seminars and studios that incorporate strongly interdisciplinary methods to address a range of topics within the sub-specialties of architecture and urban planning. The courses will be taught at their respective universities over the next two years and will receive a cash scholarship to facilitate their teaching. The winning entries will be presented at the ACSA’s annual meeting when it kicks off in Los Angeles on March 17.
Scroll down to see the full list of winners and honorable mentions.
Mono-poly-dollar – Lindsey Krug, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sarah Aziz, University of Colorado at Denver
Mono-Poly-Dollar is an interdisciplinary research and design studio, operating at both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the University of Colorado at Denver (CUD), which uses Dollar General Corp (DG ), the largest and most influential of America’s triumvirate of dollar stores—Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General—to examine the country’s environmental, economic, and racial flaws and highlight the little-studied vernacular typology of small businesses. cans as a weapon of speech and an agent of climate activism.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado are geographically poised to document the distribution of Dollar General’s presence in the United States as they cut through the drastic gradient of the densely populated DG landscape of the American East, Midwest, and South, in the sparsely populated DG. landscape of the American West. The course asks students to approach the subject in a neutral way and to arrive at socio-spatial positions and projections by visiting a representative sample of the more than 17,000 DG stores and distribution centers across the country and see firsthand how the retail empire affects commerce at scale. family practices and small-scale domestic realities.
Decommodifying ownership – Janette Kim, Brendon Levitt and James Graham, California College of the Arts
Decommodifying Ownership is a proposed group of courses coordinated at the Architecture Division of the California College of the Arts that links the Design Studio, Building Technology, and History and Theory majors in the B.Arch, M. Arch and Master of Advanced Architectural Design. . These three journeys will reflect on the colonial legacies of dispossession instituted by the enclosure of land and the dislocation of the by-products of extractive economies. In response, they will ask how the decommodification and pooling of land and resources can reclaim energy, water, materials and nutrients, all to support regenerative economies in communities whose labor and knowledge have long been harnessed for wealth creation. These courses will highlight their own unique methodologies – with an adamant belief that each die is a site of both conceptual and pragmatic investigations – while identifying sites of cross-pollination. In this way, the aim is to model new speculative techniques for an increasingly critical interdisciplinary architectural practice in the face of climate change.
Environmental Justice (JE) + Health + Decarbonization – Nea Maloo, Howard University
The Environmental Justice (EJ) + Health + Decarbonization program will be a new interdisciplinary course at Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture for architects, engineers, and environmental studies students. The course aims to place sustainable building practices at the center of environmental health, justice, and social equity. This course aims to equip students with the knowledge of building decarbonization and environmental justice, to be future leaders in sustainability.
Globally, embodied carbon emissions from the building sector alone produce 11% of global emissions and have a huge impact on the environment. It is also evident that climate change has different social, economic, health and other impacts on disadvantaged populations. Under the umbrella of climate justice, interdisciplinary education will provide insight into the use of technology tools, including energy simulation modeling, collected data, healthy building materials, and design approaches in design architectural. Additionally, students will learn the theory and practice of building decarbonization as a fundamental approach to environmental justice. The goal is to design buildings with holistic strategies with decarbonization and healthy building materials that promote climate justice within the architectural profession to the local and global community at large.
Deep Geologies: Material Encounters in Texas – Brittany Utting, rice university
Geology is a conception of the planet’s surface as thick, rich in resources and latent in energy, slowly forming in the “deep time” of the earth. Intertwined in its dense layers of rock and shifting plates, the crust contains the carbonaceous raw materials and fuels of the technosphere: bands of iron ore, veins of mineral deposits, seams of coal and vast fields of oil.
Our everyday worlds come from these geologies – fracturing, fissuring, mining, drilling, processing and burning – fueling a supply chain essential to production and powering the built environment. Above all, the materials themselves have specific qualities and attitudes, producing a complex infrastructure of capital, energy and heat. However, if these geologies constitute the bedrock of carbonaceous modernity – determining its urban scales, its circulatory flows and its forms of organization – they also devastate landscapes, bodies and climates.
Deploying spatial and material tactics to intervene in these extractive processes, this studio seeks to disturb the persistence and durability of hydrocarbon towards a deeper conception of geology: a planetary assemblage of landscapes, ecologies, organisms, technologies and atmospheres. Drawing inspiration from Anna L. Tsing’s concept of the “liveliness” of materials, Deep Geologies examines the entanglement of extraction and the built environment to imagine new architectures for earth care. Working within the context of Texas, this studio imagines how architecture can participate in a just transition to a post-carbon future, asking how the built world can engage more radically with environmental justice and geological reparation agendas.
Heat Acclimatization in a Legacy City: Urban Heat Islands, Segregation, and Social Connections in Toledo, Ohio – Yong Huang and Andreas Luescher, Bowling Green State University and Sujata Shetty, University of Toledo
Climate change in Toledo, Ohio, once a thriving part of the constellation of cities supporting Detroit’s auto industry, is already noticeable in an increase in average air temperatures, with predictions that they will continue to rise ( City of Toledo, 2021). Region-wide, climate change is expected to increase the risk, intensity and duration of extreme temperatures and this has certainly been the case in the city as well (GCA, 2020). One of the main contributors to these prolonged high temperatures are urban heat islands (UHI), urban areas that are significantly hotter than their surroundings, primarily due to concentrated heat emitted by the built environment, vehicles and industrial land uses. As in other former industrial cities, urban areas of Toledo suffering from the heat island effect are expected to be the most affected by heat waves, putting low-income residents and the elderly most at risk.
The proposed interdisciplinary seminar and studio will focus on the intersection between heat episodes and the structure of the city of Toledo, socio-economic and physical. The main question we pose is: how can heat-mitigating architecture and planning interventions promote social equity? Our goal is to examine the connection between nature and the human experience and to integrate the well-being of individuals into the design of healthy public spaces and neighborhood-scale environments. The joint venture will advance and strengthen climate literacy in Northwest Ohio.
Tourism as an environmental catastrophe: vulnerable landscapes and vulnerable populations on the barrier islands of the Atlantic coast –
David Franco, Ulrike Heine, Andreea Mihalache and George Schafer, Clemson University
Barrier islands are vulnerable landforms essential to the protection of coastal ecosystems and communities, whose rich vegetation merges with water in marshes and beaches. In Jim Crow times, they were the havens of self-governing Gullah-Geechee communities from the Carolinas to South Florida, until a massive invasion of oversized vacation homes, hotels and tourist infrastructure began. to relocate them to the 1950s. Combining design, theory and technology, this course addresses the abusive tourism practices that have shaped the Atlantic coast as we know it, through alternative approaches to addressing the social, environmental and spatial challenges of these landscapes.
Energy collectives: towards a self-sufficient district
Laurent Blough, Pratt Institute and Simone Giostra, Polytechnic of Milan
Our proposal calls for radical new models of habitation, production and protection of vital ecosystems by combining objective environmental analysis with speculative architectural scenarios. A self-sufficient settlement model located on the outskirts of the city will incorporate overlapping scales of production and conservation. Driven by new ways of living together, working and sharing resources, it will provide a roadmap for the future growth of the city and its surroundings. Energy performance in buildings depends on form – coping with resource scarcity and environmental degradation requires a new aesthetic and formal approach to design based on ecological inputs and necessity. The four vital infrastructures of food, energy, water and waste (FEW2) will be studied for their design agency through a pair of research seminar and design studio in order to deal effectively with the crisis climate and energy.