EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Hybridized Ecosystem for Infrastructure and Renewable Systems (2016)
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Spring, 2016
Lawrence Technological University
This initiative, led by a transdisciplinary design collaborative, studio[Ci] was now in the implementation phase. Studio[Ci] engages students in more diverse leadership roles, advances through generative design and digital fabrication, the HNZE prototype structure and canopy, and attracts additional partners and in-kind contributions. At the end of the construction period, the team sought to have a fully functional HNZE solar/water harvesting prototype from which they could collect data and evaluate with the community, including energy/power and water collection and distribution, enhanced public realm, and training and educational opportunities for the youth and adults of the Tireman Neighborhood. The HNZE prototype was a first, catalytic act to achieve the long-term vision of making the neighborhood NZE (taking it "off the grid"). In collaboration with MIT School of Architecture and Planning faculty and students, the team confirmed the replicability and scalability of the canopy, and conducted a financial and economic feasibility study for a collectivized micro grid - a neighborhood energy district cooperatively owned and managed by residents.