Journal | August 2011
This year (for the Fall semester), instead of teaching, Scott has been asked to design the University’s new mobile environmental laboratory. Woodbury University has embarked on a new program at the San Diego Campus that more closely integrates the traditional architecture curriculum of design with environmental systems, environmental controls, systems integration, and the core physics prerequisites that has in-turn required a new on-campus environmental laboratory facility. Without the physical space to devote to this new lab function, and because the lab function bridges several courses and types of coursework, mobile environmental lab carts were envisioned that could be moved into classrooms or studios as needed. Three mobile labs are being fabricated to provide learning opportunities for students in small groups of no more than four.
The Second Dwelling Unit (SDU) project has been submitted for building permit. The design has been refined to better address solar energy control and heat transfer, to provide greater privacy, improved massing and proportion, and to enhance constructability.
The above images are rendered for the two annual Solstices at solar noon to show the shadow and solar control that allows solar access to the windows in the Winter when it is desired and protection from solar energy in the Summer when it is not.
The design of furnishings has always been an important part of the complete environments we aspire to create in which individuals and groups have an opportunity to live rich and rewarding lives. As with everything we do here at O.A.W., our goal is protect and preserve precious natural resources by using recycled, recyclable, re-purposed, and/or low-environmental-impact materials in all of our designs in order construct more sustainable environments.