Blog11 Yujia Fang
This Monday, I went to the Lecture” Recalibrating Zero” presented by Annette Fierro, Architect & Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is talking about today’s architectural projects go “zeroing” and become sustainable. She brought the line” Architecture should be secondary to the landscape, to the nature” Which is surprised me. Indeed, we are planting more and more trees around our architecture projects in order to improve the environment and increase the green areas. In my opinion, architecture and landscape should always be working together instead of being secondary to each other. She presented her project in the end. As the picture shows, those black dots are trees and circles around them are roots of them. The propose of the project is to build a living space without hurting the roots of trees. This project fit her concept that architecture serves nature. However, I believe there are more problems we need to deal with since it’s in forest and the weather is moisture and hot sometime. We need to have tubes for water come in and may be underground to control ventilations and temperature of the room. Those tube may eventually hurt the roots too. More importantly, we can not get rid of those otherwise we are building a unsuitable place for people to come in then it’s meaningless as an architecture. In the other side, if we do make it become a comfortable space to stay, it may be harm to the forest environment. I think we should separate architectures from landscape. Trees need to be together close to grow stronger and faster because they need to compete for sunlight. Architecture need to be useful first so that it can be cooperate with those other components. I will say maybe we should let nature and architecture having their own spaces but not too far from each other. So they can have their own development and also benefits each other in larger picture.