Designing for Earthquakes

The above images are daylighting studies performed with DIVA that represent an east facing orientation, showing that with all windows open (top image) 100% of the time the lighting would be at least 150 lux for 50% of the time. The lower image, with the bottom row of windows closed, shows that 85% of the time the lighting would be at least 150 lux for 50% of the time.

 

 

 

 

The design of this school was inspired by the need for education facilities in Nepal due to the recent earthquakes. Many of the nation’s schools were damaged or destroyed. In order to conceptualize an earthquake resistant structure, our team created and analyzed several designs throughout the semester while also conducting research about materials, the education system in Nepal, and the climate. The final design consists of a main soil-cement brick structure reinforced with concrete. The roof is metal and is held up by a system of trusses. There is a series of clerestory windows along the top of the walls for natural daylighting purposes, and shuttered windows in the walls for natural ventilation.

Fall ’15

Group: Sofie Belanger, Justin Carrus, & Maddie Noteware

Background photograph by Dirk Kloss

Software: Illustrator, Photoshop, DIVA for Rhino, Rhinoceros