As a member of the ASUNM Solar Decathalon team and the UNM Social Media Workgroup (SMW) led by CARC Research Associate Andrea Polli, Art & Ecology graduate student researcher Russell Bauer coordinated two exhibitions, the first presenting background information on the Solar Decathalon designed by Architecture professor Kristina Yu and her student team, and the second highlighting collaborative UNM and Arizona State University (ASU) and other teams' designs for the 2013 contest designed by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Olga Lavrova and her student team.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The highly interdisciplinary nature of the Solar Decathalon, including UNM students and faculty from the School of Engineering (led by Olga Lavrova), School of Architecture and Planning, College of Fine Arts, and the School of Business, is a perfect fit for the CARC Gallery's constituents: researchers and visitors from a broad range of disciplines, who come together to tackle difficult real-world technology and computing-based challenges.
The ASUNM house for the competition is called SHADE (Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium). SHADE is an 800 sq ft home that celebrates its unique equilibrium with the living environment. It takes advantage of ecosystems by sitting within the landscape, creating micro-climates. The home engages indoor and outdoor spaces through its use of multiple patios and a generous southern patio that extends the living space of the home. Set in typical southwestern suburbia, SHADE is an adaptable home that is innovative in its use of solar panels and water storing utilities. This structure supplies the fun lifestyle of the home through technology and flexible spaces. SHADE is designed for the Phoenix Sonoran Desert environment; the same design principles can be applied to buildig in the New Mexican Chihuahuan Desert.
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