Ecologically responsive urban forms : the design of human settlements in a technologic age
Author(s)Scarpulla, Joseph John
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
N. John Habraken.
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The purpose of this work is to present an optimistic view of our future environment. The stimulus to engage in this project is based upon a strong conviction that we share a responsibility to use our technologic expertise to enhance our environment and live in harmony with nature. We are faced with growing ecological imbalance that threatens to irreparably damage our ecosystem, as a result of man's indulgence in crude, inefficient and wasteful environmental practices. The specific objective of this study is to develop an alternative model for human settlements that is responsive to the natural environment. Ecological design concepts - soft energy sources, ecologic support systems, site design criteria and various building types are explored along with the emerging trends and innovations of our present technologic age. The design of new human settlements relies on the influence these factors have on urban form. A scenario for the future is constructed illustrating how a successful integration of current trends and technologies with ecological principles can be realized in new communities and existing settlements. The intent of this collection of relevant information on the design of ecologically-responsive urban forms is to create interest and promote further exploration and implementation of such settlements patterns in a technologic age.
Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1983.MICROFICHE COPY AVAILABLE IN ARCHIVES AND ROTCHIncludes bibliographical references (p. 186-195).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology