S U S T A I N A B L E A R C H I T E C H T U R E
Ever since I was little, I’ve always enjoyed spending my time outdoors-from hiking amongst the New England fall foliage, to breaking out my cross country skis on a brisk winter morning, to walking my dog on muddy, spring afternoons, and more. It wasn’t until I reached senior year of high school when I was in the midst of completing applications to colleges and being questioned about possible future areas of study that I fully realized my true interest in the environment. At the time, the thought of morphing my interests into a potential career greatly excited me. I began to develop a deep sense of curiosity and fascination in the interconnected world around me. Since beginning to study and major in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability at the University of New Hampshire, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity-an organization that prioritizes building affordable housing for low income families. The combination between this incredibly humbling experience and a steadily growing appreciation for green structures (tiny houses, shipping container homes, green roofs…etc.) led to my current interest in sustainable architecture and ultimately, led to my decision to minor in Community/Environmental Planning. Environmental planning involves the task of designing a building or urban space while simultaneously taking into consideration the impact this space will have on the affected area and how to best emulate and support the preexisting biodiversity in the most sustainable way as possible.
Given my interests above, I have attempted to design a site that not only reflects my love of hiking and the environment, but also portrays the benefits of certain forms of sustainable architecture and what particularly draws me to them. In order to present a few of the various forms of sustainable architecture, I have chosen to use more images than writing because-especially with a subject like architecture-a visual element such as a picture or diagram is often more easily interpreted than words. In order to thoroughly convey my hobbies of hiking and traveling, I created a section titled “Outdoorsy Ventures.” There, one may find my favorite images from some great hikes and trips I’ve had the opportunity to go on. Underneath each image is a little reminiscent caption aimed to guide the viewer as they explore the site and to provide a little background on where I was, why I was there, and what I might’ve learned from that specific experience. Additionally, my site includes a tab that houses all my literary work from a persuasive writing course (ENGL 503) at the University of New Hampshire. In that course, at the beginning of the semester, students were to choose a theme of interest-whether that be related to their career focus/major or not. All the pieces of writing listed under the ENGL 503 tab surround the theme I personally chose to write about for the semester: conservation, (regarding my Rhetorical Analysis) and more narrowly, sustainable architecture (regarding the green roofs in my Proposal Essay). Ultimately, this site was not only constructed with an aim of portraying my environmental interests, but of also educating site viewers on both the definition and benefits of sustainable architecture.