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FACT Lab

JEFF DAY
FACT is an academic/professional collaborative design lab which offers students a forum for exploration aimed at expanding the complex relationships between thinking (conceiving, designing, theorizing) and making. A frequent collaborator with Min | Day, FACT engages design intensive projects and creative clients in collaborations that bridge design and construction. In such a practice the boundaries that conventionally distinguish the profession of architecture are eroded to admit other disciplines ordinarily thought of as distinct. FACT would like to be on the leading edge of efforts to integrate design and production, efforts that may profoundly impact the future of the design professions through the introduction of new digital technologies and CAD-CAM techniques. In summary, FACT hopes to offer students the opportunity to explore a more fluid practice that integrates design and production.

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Archspace

PETER HIND
The design of the home at 631 N. 24th Street includes passive solar techniques, materials, and building methods essential for sustainable design.

"A key goal of our neighborhood initiative is to increase homeownership in key areas of our City," sys Mayor Chris Beutler. "Homeownership is essential to building community pride, and this home will be a beautiful addition to this historic neighborhood. This project makes our stronger and safer efforts ‘greener' as well."

The Malone neighborhood is the target of ongoing revitalization efforts by the City of Lincoln. This house is part of the design project for the UNL Archspace project. A group of 17 students designed all parts of the home, which has been sold to a participant in the NeighborWorks® Lincoln First Time Homebuyer program.

"Hallmarks of UNL's architecture program are the focus on hands-on experience and a growing emphasis on sustainable building practices," says UNL Chancelor Harvey Perlman. "This project fulfills both those goals. We are proud that UNL students have been a part of this project in the neighborhood adjacent to campus. This is UNL's second collaboration with NeighborWorks® Lincoln, and it is rewarding for our students to participate and learn in ways that benefit them and also benefit a future home owner."

Assistant Professor Peter Hind says "this house serves as a way for future architects to not only understand issues of sustainable design, but it also exposes them to the idea that architecture exists to serve greater responsibilities, he said. "This house introduced the importance of economy of means, neighborhood connectivity and the constraints of a challenging site."

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Uganda Education

MARTIN DESPANG
Through DLR Group’s relationship with Creighton Prep, a rapport was developed with Father Tony Wach. As a result, our passion for K-12 design and the intrigue of an unfamiliar culture and environment was revealed. A team was formed to pursue Father Tony’s vision of providing educational opportunities for the youth in northern Uganda. Given the unique context of the project, it was viewed as a learning opportunity for both academia and the firm. With DLR Group’s close ties with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a proposal was made to let a studio adopt the project, along with the collaboration of DLR Group professionals. The project was welcomed by Dean Drummond and Professor Despang, where in his home town of Hannover, Germany, he is an innovator in K-12 design. Along with is expertise in cutting edge coprofessor presence of DLR Group principal, Gerald Klein. Through this interaction during informal desk and scheduled critiques, the students were able to get a feel of the tremendous responsibility and potential of the profession they will soon be entering. By the end of the studio, the students left with a new appreciation for design and the profession.

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ZNETH

TIM HEMSATH
Situated east of the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, NE is a 2,000 square foot home constructed by University of Nebraska architecture, architectural engineering, and construction management students. The ZNETH project is a collaborative research effort between the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering, the Peter Kiewit Institute, the U.S. Green Building (Flatwater Chapter) and the Green Omaha Coalition.
Several sustainable systems are in place which will allow the ZNETH project to produce more energy than it consumes. Solar collection devices located on the roof will allow the ZNETH project to collect the suns energy and convert it to electricity. The Geothermal system harnesses the earth’s temperature to be used for heating and cooling during the respective months, and a wind turbine will be used to exchange Nebraska’s windy conditions into energy.

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REIs: Renewable Energy Infrastructures

CHRIS FORD
Chris Ford explores REI in the urban fabric, to improve the efficiencies of existing electrical technologies, improve urban land use policy, and provide an ecologically-responsible alternative to prevailing methods of electrical production at industrial scales.

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