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COTE Top Ten Students: Regenerative Urban Ecology: Fostering a place-based work space

University of Maryland

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Project Description

From the AIA:

Fostering a Place-based Workspace reimagines the typical underutilized urban brownfield site as a regenerative, sustainable resource that is net-zero in energy, filters and cleans the water, and directly engages place making through education, strengthening the street grid, and focusing on environmentally sensitive, locally sourced design materials. The program of the building is a 15,000 square foot center for environmental economics research.

From the jury:

This project dives deep into watershed issues and addresses the idea of river water filtration robustly. The sense of place is very strong and successful. The tower offers compositional relief and nicely gestures and relates to the site. The intention to save energy is there, however there is a lack of clarity around the effectiveness of the thermal chimney and passive ventilation.
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