Neal Springs has the potential to be a new green city; a center for environmental growth and research.
The Solace Gardens project, and the accompanying 40-page paper was my final thesis project for my undergraduate degree.
Around the time of my senior year, Scientists from Chevron had discovered that Neal Springs was a massive geothermal hot spot. I saw this as a potential advantage for the citizens of Neal Springs, and decided to use it as a spring board to create this project.
I had three goals in the creation of this project. The first goal was to create a sustainable work-live-play structure with New Urbanist principles for the community of Neal Springs, Oregon; and I wanted to do so in a fairly unusual way. Additionally, I wanted the structure and its environment to be able to support the residents as much as possible.
My second goal was to study architecture of the past, and incorporate this into the design. I believe one of the best ways to study sustainability is to study how our ancestors lived, before electricity and the automobile, and emulate them. In fact, Solace Gardens was a very loose play on the tholos tomb structures from Ancient Greece. Further inspiration was seen through the design of the Temple of Hatshepsut which is located in Luxor, Egypt.
My third goal was to research methods used to day-light structures, and as a large portion of this project was either earth-berm or underground, many methods were to be incorporated. In my thesis paper I also researched what the effects of daylighting (or lack thereof) was to human beings, as it was a noteable concern for those living partially underground.
If you would like to learn more, click here to see my blog post about this project.
- Architectural Daylighting
- Commercial Design
- Condo Design
- Live Work Play
- Space Planning
- Sustainable Design
- Urban Design