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Site Photos: The Dotted Exurb

October 10, 2009 1 comment

A landscape dotted with incomplete homes…

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The Self-Sustaining Subdivision: Reviving Exurbia

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

What if we plant in the streets? These ideas were kicked around in Reburbia and what I had envisioned was a scenario in which abandoned lots became common areas for the growth of food and unfinished homes would serve as silos to house the annual harvest. But what about a more delitarious scenario whereby the housing crisis is never solved and all infrastructure collapses. A social experiment in which neighbors once ambivalent towards one another are forced to cooperate in order to survive in a harsh environment. How can humans reclaim their surroundings and adapt in the arid desert of Metro Phoenix?

Cul-de-sac Agriculture

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Sun Angle Diagram: Summer and Winter Solstice

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Working on a method of representing the sun angles for the Winter and Summer Solstices on the site. These angles are what will eventually guide the parametrics of the roof planes as the pitches shift according to the house location in proximity to the path of the sun generated by Ecotect. More diagrams to follow.

Sun Angles

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Site Analysis: Ecotect Weather Tool v2

October 6, 2009 1 comment

Here are some more useful diagrams pertaining to the wider Phoenix Metro area weather patterns. The data was recorded in 2003 most likely from Sky Harbor Airport. The weather file can be downloaded for free from http://www.ecotect.com/downloads/weatherdata although you will need an Ecotect license to run the analysis. The school labs have them. Enjoy.

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Site Analysis: Climate Consultant 4.0

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

The .epw file is based on Luke Airforce Base which is located approx. 10 miles west of the proposed site location.

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Site Analysis: Historical Aerials

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Obtained from Maricopa County GIS Services Website.

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Preliminary Site Analysis: A GIS Survey

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Context 

Much of the county data is available for download from Maricopa.gov. Look to their GIS services. Perhaps one exists for Pinal County? Below are some context maps of the proposed site location within Glendale. Lastly, I have imported GIS data (.shp files) into AutoCAD Map3D then into SketchUp to begin working on a 3D site model using Google Earth imported images. This takes about an hour from start to finish.

 

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