Generative Growth and Sustainable Design: Courtyard Housing Design Competition

By Kyriakos Pontikis.

Published by The Design Collection

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In 2007 the City of Portland, Oregon, sponsored a courtyard housing design competition. The goal of the competition was to revive affordable and child-friendly housing in the city, while promoting social and environmental sustainability. The author and his colleagues participated in the competition by proposing a scheme based on generative and sustainable design processes rooted in local precedents and detailed user considerations. The entry did not win but important lessons were derived from this design work. In this paper the author will present Portland courtyard housing precedents, the generative and sustainable design processes employed in the team’s entry and the outcome of the proposal. The paper will conclude by discussing lessons learned and making proposals for improving design competitions and bridging the gap between aesthetic and social concerns in housing design.

Keywords: Pattern Language, Form Language, Generative Growth, Sustainable Design, Design Competitions

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.9-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.244MB).

Dr. Kyriakos Pontikis

Associate Professor, Interior Design, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California, USA

Kyriakos Pontikis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at California State University, Northridge. He received his bachelor’s degree (B.Arch.) from Oklahoma State University and his master’s (M.Arch.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In his teaching, research and practice he focuses on the integration of humane design with green design to create sustainable building environments. He has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations to work on community projects in Los Angeles. He is a founding member and steering committee member of the international organizations BPA (Building Process Alliance) and INTBAU USA (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism). He has presented his work at national and international conferences, published his research in journals and conference proceedings, organized workshops and seminars on his subject, and served as panel discussant at national and international venues. Pontikis is the chair of the Sustainability Committees in the Department of Family and Consumer Science and in the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN. He is also a steering committee member of the CSUN Campus Green Core Team. He has over twenty years of professional experience and is practicing as an architect and interior designer in Europe and the US with his firm “Pontikis + Associates”.


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