The increase of carbon emissions within the environment has produced climactic changes that disrupt the natural order while infecting air quality. The human carbon cycle releases carbon emissions, yet doesn’t absorb any in return. The natural cycle of vegetation absorbs carbon dioxide from the air resulting in the nutritional process of photosynthesis. In recent years desert adaptive plants have shown a canopy increase of nearly eleven percent. Desert adaptive plants are the most impacted by carbon dioxide and result in lusher vegetation increasing air quality, biodiversity and providing an overall environmental quality.
As a method of maintenance, a counter balance needs to happen in order to have an effect. This can be evident in the additions of garden infrastructure within known housing ground of carbon emissions. Areas predominantly paved with heat generating ground coverage like asphalt and concrete, and areas that obtain pollutant programming, such as parking lots. Transforming these spaces into nurseries during their off seasons to allow for full growth potential and distributing them into public spaces.
In response to the environmental effect of desert adaptive plants, a layering system was developed focusing on the natural event of plants, human activity hosted by Downtown Tempe, Arizona State University and the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, as well as weather patterns that happen annually. This matrix system informs the special requirements to host the existing public and natural events. A modularity begins to develop in order to provide flexible space in a free plan format.
The structure is informed by the system of a nursery greenhouse structure that is better adapted to the arid conditions of Arizona. Open on the vertical walls, a louver system is accompanied by a canopy that provides 30-60% shade, which is needed to help the plants flourish while also providing shade for the public. Varying heights are systematized based on existing activity and are arranged accordingly. Flexibility is key, in order to house the varying scales and types of activity that happens annually. The combination of nature and event allows for an overall atmospheric condition that hosts a space for natural species, human and nonhuman inhabitants while providing an ecological system that reaches global effect.
Posted by: Amineh Warrayat