Critical Thinking | Regional Architecture

A Framework for Regional Architecture

Reinterpreting the past - Recognize the modern culture we live in; pay respect to the past. Respond to the history of the area.

Climate/solar orientation - Use of transition zones; provide protection from the sun. Allow for the use of the outdoors.

Use of light - Use of natural light versus artificial light; sensitive design of artificial light.

Use of water - Represents the preciousness of life in a harsh environment; use sparingly.

Emphasis on the vertical - Horizontal leads to urban sprawl. Identity can be achieved with visual verticality in special places. Relate to mountains and horizon without diminishing them.

Materials - Use of color to relate to desert floor; use of rich and textured materials to relate to the soil.

Recognition of boundaries - Parcel boundaries need not always be so definitive within the desert landscape; existing landscape, landscaping/plant materials, spiritual content. Recognize site topography, drainage.