Portfolio Project Detail

ARK Raana Dorneshan, Ivana Nikolic, and Mohamed Imam

Co-Live to Survive
Sea level rise and flooding
With the continued Levels of intensifying climate change, California is particularly vulnerable to an increased rate of sea level rise in the future, mainly due to increased ice melts and thermal expansion. Furthermore, increased frequency of sever climate events with extreme rain fall triggers intense flash floods and heat waves, Washington post 2020. As water expands with heat, events such as “ElNino events” can raise coastal sea levels for several months continuing the devastating events of frequent and severe floods, landslides, and coastal erosion. These catastrophic events will cause another type of housing crisis for climate refugees.

Affordability vs Human isolation
Communities struggle to thrive when their members are separated and alone.
This issue continues to escalate as shortage of affordable housing deepens, pushing more people into poverty, swelling Los Angeles County’s homeless population by 12% within the past few years. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) David Garcia, policy director for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, adds “there is no solution to the California housing crisis without the construction of millions of new houses”, estimating the need of 3.5 million more homes by 2030. With the looming climate change impact on the housing market, the need for both adaptable housing and purpose driven co-housing model are of critical importance.

Transformable Architecture
A Hoberman mechanism is deployable mechanism that allows circumferential actuation in creating deployable structures for space. The mechanism has one degree of freedom. However, in case of singularity it can gain extra degrees of freedom. A everyday example of this is the Hoberman sphere.
Designing for future – flexible architecture is evolving further into a transformable architecture.

Universal and Timeless
Unitized system. Flexible and adaptive design is the only way to accommodate future change. Modular approach (subdivision of the system into smaller parts) consisting of reconfigurable kit-of-parts-like-furniture. The basic unit uses the basic module – 10′ x 10′, however it can multiply to create a bigger unit, and also rearranged to occupy any given space.

Sustainable Methods
the integrated water body at the base of the Arc provides balance to the structure while on water and acts as a thermal mass. This provides passive cooling to regulate the internal heat. Cooling strategies also include passive evaporative cooling and active ground-sourced heat pump through stored water. Internal court promotes cool stack ventilation.

The structure of the Hoberman sphere provides dense frames at the top of the pod and wider frames at the diameter base. This provides an opportunity for shading during the mid-day heat. Additional dense fritted shading and PV panels at the top further capitalizes on the structural shading and provides energy. Finally, a central farm is designed to include passive drip irrigation through evaporated water.

Living Design
Living Design Scoreboard was used only as a starting point, but since we are considering long-term future, we are including designs for the systems that currently exist only as a theory or a principle. Yeses: 18 and beyond