Baltimore Institute for Ecological Economics
AIA Maryland Student Design Awards > Graduate > Graduate / Beginning Design
- AIA Maryland: Graduate / Beginning Design - DESIGN AWARD
ENTRANT │ Entrant: Karina Perez-Ayalde | Team Members: Karina Perez-Ayalde and Austin Raimond
PROJECT TYPE │ Graduate / Beginning Design – Studio
SCHOOL │ University of Maryland
FACULTY SPONSOR │ Peter Noonan, Professor / School of Architecture
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE │ 12/5/2014
Summary Description of Project
The project brief proposes the development of a new 17,000 SF office and research studio facility along the Baltimore Harbor to better facilitate collaborative research and teaching of ecological economics. This design agenda envisions a project that will provide an environment where integrative systems of science and policy research can flourish. It addresses the need for convenient and environmentally sensitive student, faculty and public access, low environmental impact, high building performance, and an exemplar for building detail, material assembly and construction practices.
Institute for Ecological Economics (IEE) – (a.k.a. - Environmental Research Office): the building as a model for future development; making ecological systems and processes visible/transparent; a “living building”; minimizing the footprint; flexibility in design for future changes and multiple uses; food production on site; clustering offices around meeting and social areas; an ecological design aesthetic; harnessing ambient energies from site; and closing cycles to eliminate waste. Since the IEE scientists frequently study watersheds, wetlands and water processes, they would like to demonstrate the extent to which building can respond to the natural hydrology of a site and nearby watershed features. For the most constrained sites, using the buildings potential living “green” roof as a man-made watershed could be the subject of study and experimentation.
As a team, we wanted our design to accomplish two major goals: First, to create a net-zero water filtration system to service the building. Second, to have that water filtration system extend into the urban landscape of our site to engage the public in the form of a wetland terrace park. We see our project solution as more than just a building but the designed intersection between public & private, research & education, collection & filtration, and building & landscape.
IMAGE CREDITS (if any)
IMAGE 1: Design Proposal with Wetland Park
IMAGE 2: Integrated Water Filtration System
IMAGE 3: Concept Sketch
IMAGE 4: Process Diagram
IMAGE 5: Program Diagram