Branner 2018-2019: Casey Alexander - Architecture by Non-Architects in Coastal Deserts

Climate directly and indirectly relates to humans and shapes our environment through physiological experiences, the food we eat, our culture and activities, and the way we build and design for comfort and survival. As the climate continues to change, architects need to adapt buildings to more extreme climatic conditions. By focusing on dry coastal regions around the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Pacific Ocean, Casey researched and compared how local, non-pedigreed architects around the world have used their traditional and local knowledge to select form, materials, and construction methods that are adapted to this environment. What can architects learn from non-architects? And, how can the knowledge from native builders and architects be combined?