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Med-A-Morphosis: The Campus as a Model for Sustainable Urbanization in Rural Texas

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

After a comprehensive analysis of vernacular architecture and various precedent buildings and projects in Texas and along the coast, our data-driven assessment concludes that the scale of our project can be significantly reduced compared to standard Texas homes. This strategic downsizing enhances population density, optimizes space efficiency, and contributes to the overall sustainability of the project.
Our architectural approach integrates glass and roof facades into a sophisticated dual-function system. The double-layered glass, ingeniously perforated for rainwater collection, serves as both a translucent solar panel and a traditional window. An innovative Hexagonal pod, integral to the facade, is deployed by a solar-powered drone crafted from $1,300 of recycled scrap metal from the Texas coast.
This drone not only conducts general maintenance but efficiently transports the pod across the site and the expansive Texas coast for various purposes. Our maglev train system functions as a conventional train, providing efficient people transport at low cost. This not only emphasizes our commitment to accessibility and sustainability but signifies a paradigm shift in cost-effective and environmentally conscious public transportation.
The pod is equipped with a maglev system, serving a dual purpose by sliding seamlessly back into the building’s facade, ensuring optimal adaptability. The entire project, including the building, drones, trains, and metal components, is constructed from recycled scrap metal from Texas coast.

Student Work From ARCH-4556, Design Studio 3, Fall 2023

Supervisor: Dr. Oswald Jenewein

Students: Anthony Henein, Santiago Romero, Camilla Plate


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