Participants should choose their sites as a response to the program among the typologies given above, i.e. intervene with a design where it is needed. There should be a direct correlation between the rationale for choosing a particular site and program, and the response in terms of the typology(s) and the design strategies formulated as the solution to the challenges proposed by the site.
While formulating your project and the area programme, make sure to cover at least 3 of the 5 aspects discussed below
BUILDING RESPONSIBLY :
Through your design schemes, showcase responsible architectural practices by creating innovative designs that prioritize environmental stewardship, social equity and long-term viability. Consider accessibility for people with disabilities, inclusive spaces that cater to diverse user needs, and community integration. Participants should explore ways to foster social interaction, create flexible spaces, and promote a sense of belonging for all occupants.
Designs should showcase a deep commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Consider incorporating renewable energy sources, energy-efficient HVAC systems, optimising passive design strategies, site planning that minimises disturbances to the natural ground, rainwater harvesting, and other green building practices to minimise the building's carbon footprint and resource consumption. Think of the reversibility and recyclability of materials and spaces.
LIFE CYCLE CONSIDERATIONS:
Aim to address the entire life cycle of the building, from construction to operation and eventual demolition or reuse. Consider the environmental impact of materials, construction techniques, energy consumption, and waste management throughout the building's life cycle. Emphasize strategies for reducing embodied carbon, promoting circularity, and enabling future adaptability.
Prioritize the comfort and well-being of the building's occupants. Create spaces that promote natural light, optimize views, and provide a healthy indoor environment. Consider factors such as acoustics, thermal comfort, public amenities and ergonomic design principles to enhance the overall user experience. Provide universal accessibility to people with diverse abilities, for all gender and ethnic backgrounds.
COMMUNITY, CONTEXT AND AESTHETICS
Practice cultural sustainability with a focus on community-centric designs. The design should harmonize with its surroundings, taking into consideration the cultural, historical, and architectural context of the site. Explore innovative architectural forms, materials, and finishes that interact with light in unique and visually compelling ways, while respecting the local context.
While deciding on materials and construction methods to feature in your project, consider the points below:
USE OF LIGHT AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
SALIENT UTILIZATION OF GLASS
The overarching theme“Light is right” may be viewed from the prism of This interpretation as well:
Please refer to the reading resources mentioned at the end of the brief to know more about using glass effectively and responsibly.