Studio 590 (a) Ecological Site Design by Jingyu Wu
Ecological Site Studio: Ecological design has to meet nature’s needs as well as human satisfaction to be successful and sustainable over the long term. This studio introduces a design approach that focuses on how to use aesthetics to support the wellbeing of humans in tandem with healthy environmental goals. The course extends the platform of evidence-based design to include theory and applications from the fields of environmental psychology and aesthetics. You will learn about the power or experiential site analysis and use of the human scale and sensory experience to create greater spatial and sensory fluency in your designs. Investigative assignments, pin-upsand discussion will precede the focal project, a wellbeing design for a re-purposed public space.
Student Individual Project: This project is about building up an environment-friendly neighborhood in the Radrick farm golf course. My purpose is to develop an environment for proposing residents which leads people to feel like being a part of nature. The site is in the east of Ann Arbor located on the south of Radrick Forest. It is in the fleming creek watershed that it might have an impact on the quality of the creek. It is accessible because it is surrounded by urban roads. Generally, its terrain is not flat, the high point in the northeast is 60’ higher than the low point in the southwest. There are different types of soil and most part of the soil is well-drained, but not suitable for infiltration except for the gravel pit in the middle of the site. Currently, it is the site with grassland in the middle surrounding by woods. And the woodlands are a habitat for many animals, which we should not ignore that they are also the residents of this site.