Meta-House: Phenomenological Gainesville, FL
AIA Gainesville Merit Award, 2007
Meta-house engages transformative cultures through phenomenological modes toward sustainable living at the scale of house. Enmeshed civic, perma-, economic, family, poly-, aqua-, social and techno- cultures, as a deep ecology, provides ‘phenomenal’ suburban living opportunities, simple efficiencies and the potential for sustainability. More akin to Alvar Aalto’s humanist architecture, Meta-house connects us to the poetics of practical efficiency rather than aestheticizing an objective reality in the fashion of Le Corbusier’s Machine for Living. Advancing toward positive cultural engagement in sustainability, Meta-house proposes technological infrastructures that ‘close the loop’ to produce usable outputs, reduce outside inputs and define architectural space.