Sustainable Design Project

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Elizabeth Diller, the designer of the Roy and Diana Valegos Education Center, wanted to design a building that was not only a structurally powerful building, but an innovative, sustainable building that worked toward the goal of minimizing CUMC’s carbon footprint while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025.
The project was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfio, an interdisciplinary design studio that mixes the knowledge from different areas of expertise like architecture, visual, and performing arts. DS+R goal is to modernize cities in an innovative way that will make institutions more efficient. This design studio is led by four partners: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartinlocated. The New
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The West Court is a garden space that features local Trees and plants adjacent to the student dormitories. This green space provides the onlookers with views to the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River. The south court garden provides the onlooker with shaded seating areas and views to the Hudson. The architect placed the gardens near the building to filter the air and provide better quality air conditions.
The green roof on top of the Roy and Diana education building play a key factor in sustainability. The green roof provides shade and produce oxygen. The green roof also uses heat energy during evapotranspiration.
The Outdoor study areas throughout the facades receives natural ventilation. Fresh air is drawn west from the Hudson river into the building or surrounding area creating a cooling effect improving the occupants comfort level. The two dorms placed on the west side of the Roy and Diana building directs wind inward towards the building channeling high wind pressure. The channeled wind flows to the outdoor stairs on the west façade. The architect designed a porch on the west façade that creates a microclimate confinable shaded area with natural air

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