Hempcliff

Tutors: Barry Wark , Richard Beckett & Levent Ozruh

Students: Xingnan  Wang, Simiao  Qi, Jingjing  Zhang, Haochong  Wang 

There is a large stock of post-war concrete buildings around the world which are in poor condition and standing at the edge of being demolished. This project tries to come up with a systematic solution to refurbish these buildings in a more eco-friendly direction. 
The method derives from urban-cliff hypothesis identifying our city as a template cliff habitat. We introduce urban wind simulation as a dynamic tool to carve the exiting building volume and generate the co-living spaces for human and non-human species; apply style transfer and digital fabrica-tion to transform the carving spaces and original facade in the sense of assembly; then utilization of  hemp-concrete, which can provide subtract for the non-human species, as an low-carbon alternative material for concrete make the refurbishment more sustainable than the general solutions. We combines the concept of green corridor to consider the refurbishment on a large urban block scale, and choose Athens as our design site. When we consider about refur-bishing a building and be more eco-friendly, it needed to be put on a larger scale. Individual greening of building is not having an effect, and just putting a green facade outside a building makes no difference for urban scale. Therefore, the way we are looking for to make our cities greener, and refurbishment in a more sustainable method is applying it to lots of building. We only focus on the five buildings of the street, and actually follow this method we think this whole street can be refurbished together, Create a green corridor in this old building complex, serving the community and serving the city.