Harvard Graduate School of Design
STU 1221:Elements of Urban Design
Instructors: Peter Rowe, Rahul Mehrotra, Michael Manfredi, Alex Yuen
Humans are in debt to the planet and must strive to take care of it. Nature is our host, and we are its guest. This project expands upon the natural environment that we, the guests, have extracted from and attempts to trade rolls. By camouflaging infrastructure, we reduce the impact humans have on the environment (going from the seen to unseen) and create a more fluid and safe space for nature to exist (going from the unseen to seen). By embracing the natural cycles of life, we begin to compartmentalize the effects of development and adjust to realign to nature, creating a space where both nature and people benefit. Our site caters to the rules of nature rather than the rules of capitalistic society and shifts from design development to designing land stewardship.
We believe that suburban development has a unique opportunity to achieve what a city cannot.
In The Green Blanket, by prioritizing, integrating, and realigning with nature as part of the design process, we can begin to establish a reciprocal relationship with the existing ecosystem where we design nature the way nature designs us. In such a relationship, we can restore land stewardship and give life back to suburbia.