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Contemporary Sustainable Architecture

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Sara Miner

Architecture and design often reflect socio-political concerns. For example, contemporary architectural practices focused on sustainable design and materials evidence the increasingly important role art, architecture, and design occupy at the forefront of conversations and solutions around climate change. As carbon emissions continue to rise and global climate change is becoming ever harder to ignore, it is imperative that architectural design incorporate sustainable materials and practices accessible to all. Using data from artists, architects, and designers, who are often working in geographic areas more susceptible to climate change, my presentation will focus on answers to the following questions:  
  1. How does contemporary architecture and design reflect increased awareness of environmental concerns?
  2. How have architectural and design practices changed in response to demands for sustainability? Do developments in sustainable design correlate with changes in carbon emissions?
  3. How are regions that are more susceptible to the effects of climate change leading discussions around sustainable architecture, technology, and design? How is Utah addressing this at State and University levels?
My presentation will focus on sustainable architecture, its historical roots, and its contemporary application to areas particularly susceptible to climate change. I will share my research and analysis of Utah-specific solutions to climate change, including the state's overall sustainability practices, the construction of LEED-certified buildings and environment-friendly designs on university campuses, and site-specific examples of sustainable design. This includes a case study I will conduct on-site of Community Rebuilds in Moab, UT, as well as first-hand study examples of sustainable architecture in Salt Lake City.
University / Institution: Utah State University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A17
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Marissa Vigneault