Sufficiency Before Efficiency – Tommaso Bitossi Lecture supported by Shive-Hattery
Tommaso Bitossi of Transsolar‘s New York City office will talk about the firm’s work toward reaching true sustainability through sufficiency and robust building systems. Transsolar fosters innovation in the built environment by reimagining the spaces that shape our lives through:
- User-centered design and access to natural light and air for improved occupant productivity
- Site-specific, dynamic environments for a sense of identity and delight
- Comprehensive design for simpler, smaller, cost-effective and robust building systems
- High performance in harmony with inspiring architecture
Vernacular architecture is centered on the local identity of a site. Initially, the key design elements were sun, wind and soil composition. With the advent of air conditioning, buildings have become self-centered sculptures, designed with the hope for infinite resources. This technology allowed the “devolution” of typical short floorplates, intended to maximize natural ventilation and daylight, into deep floorplates, fully controlled by air conditioning and artificial lighting.
To reach sustainability, in its broader meaning, contemporary architecture must bring back to the design table concepts such as sufficiency and robustness, as well as give back the control to the users and blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.
Bitossi’s lecture is supported by the Shive-Hattery Architecture Studio Fund.