Monday Minute, January 31, 2011
In my last Monday Minute, I outlined how we might absorb future budget cuts by growing tuition revenue, although how much depends, in part, upon how many courses our students take in this college versus others. There are many pedagogical reasons for our students to take non-CDES classes. However, we have had a negative balance of trade in recent years, with more of ... Read more
For ARCH 8254, Active Envelopes, I chose to develop The Idea Factory further. The design process relied heavily on Ecotect to optimize placement of the display vitrines as well as the design of a polycarbonate double-skin facade; both the facade and the vitrines include sealing vents. The system capitalizes on Minnesota's wide temperature range by venting heated air during the summer while capturing solar gains in cooler months. The clear facade provides significant daylighting advantages while also making a strong formal statement.