Eco Dream… or Nightmare?
This carefully designed housing complex from Platform for Architecture + Research is all very environmentally correct, but to my eye there is also something a little horrifying about this Mojave Desert subdivision on bare sand with this very sparse vegetation. Were people ever supposed to live in this bleak environment?
To me this looks like futuristic housing, that we will live on in after we have driven off nearly all the flora and fauna that evolved with us through the millennia, and they have now gone extinct, yet we go on regardless, driving our cars mindlessly.
The environmentally sensitive housing complex of 18 homes is designed to withstand the harsh sun of the desert outside Palm Springs in California, with all the eco-correct appurtenances.
Each single family residence has its own solar roof, solar passive design – with appropriate shading and thermal massing – shaded glazing as well as xeriscaping around each of the homes. Natural paving on the roads minimize land disturbance.
Most of the living spaces are outdoors, to take advantage of the temperate, sunny climate for fall, winter and spring. All the eco boxes are checked. It sure beats the typical builder subdivision… but. How depressing.
What do you think? Is that just me? Is this an Eco Dream or our nightmare future?