With Blank Studio Architects, Matthew Trzebiatowski, Samuel Martin, and Anja Tritc
AIA Metro “Make A Place” Competition
Amarillo Museum of Art, "Biennial 600 Exhibition"
The project depicts questions the role of architecture as it might soon be effected by climate change. Sited fifty years into the future, PHX2065 posits that before architecture can happen, the inhospitable landscape must first be prepared for it. The project is an infrastructural framework, which allows architecture to exist in the hyper-desertified landscape that Phoenix will become.
By the year 2065, average daily temperatures in the valley will have risen over 10 degrees by conservative estimates. The urban heat island effect will continue to raise ambient temperatures at night to match those of current summer afternoons.
Geothermal cooling technology exists today in an efficient form, but commonly at smaller scales. The project proposes that technology be scaled up to encompass the entire site; a geothermal cycle the scale of two city blocks. The structure will have the potential to effect the microclimate of the site, by generating a stratified cooling effect in the immediately surrounding areas. 672 closed-loop circulation, fluid-filled columns transform the site into a thermal landfill, harvesting ambient heat from both the air and surrounding building mass and transferring it into the ground below.
Within that infrastructural frame, the project includes a public area, a new underground station for the Phoenix Lightrail—incorporating currently planned expansions to the south and west, and two public monuments. Both monuments make use of some 20,000 cubic feet of shattered asphalt reclaimed from the parking lots that occupy the site today. A dense bundle of geothermal conduits cools one monument, while the other is left exposed to overheat.