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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
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The United States has an abundant stock of naturalized wild growing bamboo species that are generally considered invasive. This project explores the use of locally harvested, so called “invasive” bamboo as a potential building material incorporated into a modular, kit-of-parts style construction system. These structures are uniquely suited to address the need for expanded spaces and extensions that bridge between the strictly indoor vs. outdoor distinction of existing buildings, as revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The rhizomatic mechanism of spread that is characteristic of bamboo species is used as the framework to propose a tectonic system that is decentralized, adaptable, and deployable. Drawing on a series of formal explorations, this system is further developed through a case study proof of concept design for Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta, GA, by supplementing, expanding, and adapting the existing facilities for eating, gathering, recreation, and learning to address the requirements of a Covid-19 safe school environment and to propose an ongoing outdoor learning program.
Futscher, Megan, "Beneficial Invasive: A Rhizomatic Approach to Utilizing Local Bamboo for COVID Responsive Educational Spaces" (2022). Masters Theses. 1183.