Transitional Landscapes: Temporary Places with Permanent Impacts
landscape’ often refers to a median space between two main spaces, but
what if we evaluated the concept of ‘transitional’ differently? What if
transitional landscape referred to a timeline? Whether it is due to
social, economic, or natural issues, many individuals often find themselves in transitional living situations - voluntarily or otherwise - such as camps, shelters, prisons, and temporary housing, to
name a few. Most individuals who seek these temporary and transitional
living circumstances have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress
disorder; however, the landscape and shared spaces of these places are
far from serene, beautiful, and considerate of the physical and
psychological needs of these individuals. The question that this
research seeks to answer is how can landscape help improve the lives of
those already suffering from trauma and unfortunate circumstances,
through specific research on needs of individuals suffering PTSD, and
designing a landscape in response to those needs in a local context.
Within the context of environmental psychology, understanding the significance and importance of landscape architecture to the psychological wellbeing of individuals.
Study & analysis of case studies of transitional/temporary housing landscapes, their challenges, and opportunities.
Design strategies and elements to use in transitional landscapes.
Tactical Mycelium: An Exploration of Wastewater Treatment Byproducts as Ephemeral Building Material
There is a growing movement of designers rethinking supposed waste
products in urban industries. Within the current urban wastewater
treatment process, one specific byproduct presents a unique opportunity
for research into sustainable reuse: mycelium. These fine fibers of
fungi serve as vast communication networks between plants and emerge on
the soil’s surface as mushrooms. While ecologists and scientists
research mycelium’s medicinal potential, designers are investigating its
capacity as a new building material in a post-carbon future.
Mycelium explores this capacity in a 6-month Perkins+Will research
grant framed by the pop-up approach and ephemeral nature of tactical
urbanism initiatives, investigating the growth and optimized building
potential of this fungus. The installation itself tests a singular
catenary arch as the most effective way to grow the material into a
self-supporting structure, use as little formwork as possible, and
provide shelter and space for human occupation. Ultimately, the research
aims to augment the tactical urbanist’s material palette and support
future projects that reimagine our relationship with mycelium.
Gain an understanding of the relationship between mushrooms
and urban wastewater treatment, and how this untapped byproduct might be
cultivated for future use.
Learn about the properties of mycelium and the process of growing it into structures for short and long-term applications.
Learn about the methodologies and challenges of growing mycelium into a singular, self-supporting form.