Design Thesis Projects 2017 - 2018
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THE SUBLIME AND THE BEAUTIFUL: THE PRESENCE OF ENERGY IN ARCHITECTURE

Amanda Reis
Advisor: Carlos Rueda

There are a number of environmental initiatives that encourage the use of renewable energy in our rural and urban built environments. In recent years, energy harvesting has become more sophisticated and popular. There are many applications that are highly efficient, economic and sustainable but do not offer a spatial or experiential relationship between our natural and built environments. These applications are quantified, standardized and arguably separated from architecture. As a result, there is more interest in the production of architecture than the purpose of it and embodied connection to it. Architecture is perceived through our body and senses. Embodied experiences invite the act of remembering and embodied memories strengthen our awareness of space and place. Through such embodiment, matter, energy and time unify as a singular dimension and exist in our consciousness. We identify ourselves and our existence with this dimension related to architectural space and experience.

This design thesis attempts to better understand the qualitative aspects of energy harvesting in relation to our natural and built environments. The work explores the relationship between matter, energy and time through architectural space and experience. The design thesis will be accomplished through a series of spatial and material explorations and experimentations that will help establish a set of parameters specific to a set of conditions. This will guide the design process of a research center and a series of architectural interventions located in a coastal region of Portugal. The objective is to qualitatively enhance the presence of renewable energy in our natural and built environments, and the outcome is to establish new and more meaningful architectural spaces and experiences for the general public.

Acronyms:
Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine [HAWT]
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine [VAWT]
Oscillating Water Column [OWC]
Point Absorber [PA]

Images:
1. HAWT Wheel [Model]
2. HAWT Wheel [Drawing]
3. VAWT Swings [Model]
4. OWC Dive [Model]
5. OWC Dive [Drawing]
6. PA Fishery [Model]

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