Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Thesis v.1 : Chris D

The latent natural resources of residual public spaces in the city can be systematically harnessed to provide a more ecologically sound means to complete essential utilitarian tasks.

The thesis is tested through a series of laundromats sited on extant right-of-ways in areas of San Francisco underserved by private common laundry facilities. This particular instantiation systemically explores techniques for harnessing rainwater, greywater filtration and wind powered energy production to reduce – but not eliminate – the energy footprint of a vital hygienic activity.


Possible criticism (one of many)

Topography historically correlates with wealth (i.e. the swells live higher up), so by choosing to leverage topography, I'm probably selecting particular demographic profiles. However, the strategy could easily be instantiated with other techniques (i.e. don’t parametricize the technique – parametricize the performance criteria, tuned for any particular site).

But at what point does the ruthless pursuit of clean, low carbon argyles cease to be systematic? What would McDonald’s think of our approach? ( There must be a whole department devoted to franchising at Hamburger University.)

That question figures into the question of program – should the swells on Nob Hill get eco-dry cleaning, in addition or in lieu of a “clothes cloud” approach?

N.B. 2000 Census data counts 137 people living in Golden Gate – unaccepted people . Makes me think about throwing a laundromat somewhere in or near Golden Gate Park. Not systematic, but useful.

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