Title page for ETD etd-07162010-131253

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Scali, Emily Genia
Author's Email Address emilyscali@gmail.com
URN etd-07162010-131253
Title Central Market: A Study of Architecture as Ecosystem
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Kelsch, Paul J. Committee Member
  • market
  • washington dc
  • urban design
  • ecosystem
  • food
Date of Defense 2010-05-10
Availability unrestricted
The city functions as an Urban Ecosystem. As buildings are primary components of this system, each structure must appropriate its environment for the Urban Ecosystem to thrive. Additionally, each building acts as an individual ecosystem. Each building consumes energy, produces waste, and serves as an environment for life to flourish.

This project investigates the study of architecture based on principles of ecology. The building holds a market, culinary school, and restaurants; receiving,transforming, and distributing sustenance to the city’s inhabitants while supporting the greater metropolitan area farmers. The building exhibits the ubiquity of nature in the city and helps to revitalize an unhealthy part of Washington, DC’s Urban Ecosystem.

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