The cradle-to-cradle home : the next step in Roanoke housing

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dc.contributor.advisor Rosenman, Marvin E. Overbey, Daniel J. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-va en_US 2011-06-03T19:57:35Z 2011-06-03T19:57:35Z 2005 en_US 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 2005 .O94 en_US
dc.description.abstract The sustainable or “green” movement has become sensationalized to the point that the term “sustainability” is in danger of becoming merely a buzz word in the industry, devoid of any influence or inspiration. It is perhaps the most irresponsibility tossed around term in the design community today. What truly is “sustainable” design? Should it be our goal to merely “sustain” our current quality of life and relationship with nature or should we seek to improve it?Let’s take the typical detached, single-family, “American Home” in an urban residential neighborhood (as opposed to a rural or suburban setting, where any attempt at ecologically-conscious architecture would be trumped by the homeowner’s inextricable need to commute). In this setting, it is possible to design a house that: purifies air, land and water; uses only current solar income and microclimatic environmental control systems to create energy that does not generate toxic waste/ incorporates materials that replenish the earth or can be infinitely recycled; and whose benefits are shared by all? Such a house would use natural cycles as a model—enabling inhabitants, the natural environment, and the construction industry to not only grow, but prosper. After carefully investigating the possibilities of implementing eco-effective design principles on a single, detached house on a single parcel of land, the results will be critically analyzed and the project’s focus will shift to a larger scale—a two block area directly west of the site. At the neighborhood scale, issues of urban design must be considered as a larger cultural “vision” unfolds. Issues regarding density, large-scale resource consolidation, multiple land-uses, and community teamwork will likely come to the forefront as a series of analyses will ascertain the potential for renewable energy and resource harvesting. Ultimately, these investigations will denote the land’s optimum density.It should be noted that the C2C Home design was submitted this winter to the Cradle-To-Cradle Home design competition. Thus, the site for this project was predetermined.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 56 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.) en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title The cradle-to-cradle home : the next step in Roanoke housing en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis.
dc.description.notes At head of title: Evolution over revolution. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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