Back to the roots

Rethinking Aruba's residential building standard

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In light of the current environmental crisis, we are faced with the responsibility to drastically change our anthropogenic impact.
We humans often view ourselves as superior to nature. We have developed a dualistic view of our existence on this planet – one that blinds us to our interconnectedness with the environment.
We must shift the way we relate to this earth and understand that it is a single living organism which is inextricably interconnected. We must place value and importance on the entire environment and all life in it, not just the parts that are useful for humans.
In ‘Back to the roots’ the residential building standard on Aruba is reconsidered according to this ecocentric philosophy. The design proposal introduces a nature inclusive urban development strategy, a passive, climate responsive housing typology with locally harvested materials and floorplans based on participatory design to easily customize, evolve and adapt to changing cycles of use and facilitate a circular way of building.