The third year of my architectural studies at the University of Brighton consisted of two projects, both of which, in my case, have relevance to each other and are inspired by the same idea. I have always had a profound interest in sustainability and how we will solve the issues of the crisis through architecture, which I explore in my dissertation. This piece of work motivated me to pursue and address this matter in my design work.
The first term allowed me to determine the realms of possibility within a small pavilion space regarding influencing people to be sustainable. The second term project granted the opportunity to explore my chosen topic on a larger scale. The second year project developed into creating a space which in itself was sustainable and acknowledged the environmental problems we have as a planet and exposed those visiting to this matter. After unmasking the issue to them through a virtual ride experience, the occupants would circulate naturally to an exposition space where people can be educated on how to be sustainable in an urban context within their own homes. Following this, the building then allows for further exploration into the subject of sustainability which manifests itself in the form of an optional educational space or there is a cafe and relaxation space as a break from the information stream.
The final space which is arguably the most important is an ‘advisory’ space, where people come to if they have been interested by an urban sustainability technique found in the educational or exposition space. These people are offered further advice meaning there is a higher likelihood of the visitor installing that technique to make their home more sustainable. The overall aim of this project is to demonstrate the sustainability issue and ensure people recognise it and then give them the resources to make a change and do their part within the sustainability movement.