Eva Diu, Jonas Lundberg and Nate Kolbe
Digital Design Research
Unit 4 attempt to address the ongoing debate in regards to the National Centre for Policy Analysis and their 278 - Living with Global Warming document. Looking at alternative or perhaps supplementary actions to the Kyoto Protocol’s approach of CO2 mitigation, UNIT04 adopts the alternative approach of adaptation. It is our interest to not only help reduce society’s vulnerability to the consequences of climatic change, but to help heighten architectural qualities of living within these new environments.
In the face of the most exacting energy target in the world of eliminating all carbon emissions in non-domestic buildings by 2016 or by 2020 as in the UK Green Building Council report as well as the loss of a public domain in our cities, UNIT04 is, besides an environmental performance, searching for a new aesthetic and architectural delight in climatically responsive architecture. The direct aim of Unit04 is to exploit how passive solar design, future carbon legislation and emerging material science coupled with the emergent design, fabrication and production technologies could be a springboard for increasingly creative, innovative and specific design propositions to emerge.