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housing in extreme environments exhibition at GSD

gsd option studio fall 2014 by spela videcnik and rok oman of ofis arhitekti focused on housing in extreme environments. they asked me if i would share some of the environmental considerations with their students for the alaskan studio sites. it was great to be part of the final review and to see the designs for the alaskan settings. affordable housing is a top priority for many alaskan communities. we look forward to hosting the exhibit at the anchorage museum later this year.

extreme housing studio final review fall 2014

extreme housing studio final review fall 2014

“The extreme climatic conditions of the North introduce a design paradox for architects. The fragile environmental conditions require incisive designs that respond to irregular loading from strong winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanche risk zones, and extreme cold. The studio investigated a prototypical design: a unit with sleeping and cooking space for up to eight people, on a mountain site in Slovenia. The talk (on Friday, February 13th) serves as an opening for the exhibition on this project, curated by Spela Videcnik, John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development, with Rok Oman, featuring the work of her Fall 2014 studio, displayed on the Experiments Wall (in Gund Hall). Construction of the shelter is planned for summer 2015. ”


see also:  http://klausmayer.com/news/habitation-in-extreme-environments/


risk and resilience

joe swan sr. kivalina 2012

joe swan sr. kivalina city council member

next week i will be visiting with MDes students at the harvard university graduate school of design in the risk and resilience program.  i will present an update of the adf relocate project. the bbc london was asking if the residence of kivalina will be the first climate refugees in north america.  see the article by bbc here.