The Princeton Envelope Group (PEG) is a design and research unit at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Headed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and coordinated by Urtzi Grau. The unit is engaged in a three year research program on the Politics of the Building Envelope the conclusions of which will be published in a forthcoming book by Actar Press, Barcelona+New York.

Tag: Prototype

Fabric AtmoSPHERE

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New Orleans Site

Program Distribution The original program of the Magnolia Projects was composed of 1400 residential units in flat vertical buildings: 400 X 1 bdr (360sqf), 400 X 2bdr (480sqf), 200 X 2 bdr (540sqf), 40 X 2 bdr (600sqf), 40 X 3 bdr (720sqf), 200 X triplex 2 bdr (600sqf),80 duplex X 2 bdr (600sqf), 40 […]

Shotgun Prototype

New Orleans Vernacular The dominant housing typology is the so called “shotgun house.” It exists in a great variety – from single shotgun, to double, to camelback. TITLE: Shotgun Typology Observations: -people live on the street due to climate condition -the shotgun house works in relationship with the street -the porch is the threshold between […]

Ecology and Environmental Systems Diagrams

Flat Horizontal Mechanical System The Flat Horizontal is a victim of its own success. In order to accomodate a wide range of events, it depends heavily on systems of mechanical control. Today over half of the building’s annual operating costs are committed to heating and cooling alone. 1/3 of construction costs are committed to temperature […]

Consolidated Envelope Prototype

The paradigm of the decorated shed is turned inward to reconsider the possibilities of the ground plane and ceiling canopy. The flat horizontal envelope offers the opportunity to supplant mechanical systems and produce architectural effects through its construction of interior climates. Design guidelines for new public buildings explicitly divorice environmental contral from both architecture and […]

Circle Program Diagrams

The construction of a conditioned interior space for a variety of recreation, assembly and performance programs under could operate under one roof. Combined requirements result in nested envelopes. Diagram explores the organizational potention of the circle as an omni-directional part: radiated organizations, bi-directional organizations, multi-directional organizations, hierarchical whole, non-hierarchical whole, ambiguous whole.

Flat Horizontal Typology Diagrams

An attempt has been made to establish a set of normative behaviors for the Flat Horizontal type in terms of its response to scale. This emphasis on scale allows new avenues for prototypical development, in the sense that existing examples can be examined with regard to their envelopes’ behaviors across scales and the degree to […]

Twin Pines Site Analysis

The Twin Pines site is an example of combining resources to create a space of recreation. It marks a combined effort between 4 municipalities and the County government to establish a shared facility for sports and recreation on a former airfield in Hopewell Township. The Twin Pines project includes facilities for performance, recreation, and parking […]