DISCOVER Carbon Net
The Carbon Net Software is an analytical tool that visualizes the carbon emissions with existing GIS data. Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions in the city by engaging both local residents and urban managers in a collective enterprise of "Net reduction." The Carbon Reduction Manual that accompanies the Carbon Net "software" illustrates diverse techniques of behavioral change and urban alterations, including the construction of green elements, resurfacing of zones, and the planting of vegetation
Describe the critical need your solution addresses.
"The Carbon Net Reduction Manual" could solve the problem in a more integrated manner. Carbon net reduction is operating from the fragment to the whole through point control, linear control, multi- control, and net controls. At a macro level, through different level of controls, we are able to disturb the net, create a new balance and allow some specific carbon emission zones to accumulate certain amount of carbon while decreasing others. At a micro level, existing urban forms are mutated to negotiate with plug in control tools; also dynamic social engaging nets are developed at micro carbon emission zone to involve various carbon actors to administrate the plug in control tools.
The research takes the city as a carbon platform to explore the connection and tension inherent in the amalgam of human, natural environment, and settlement. It calculates significant carbon emissions according to a simplified unit system and transforms the accumulated carbon weight into a mesh net. The conceptual carbon net data will be verified against the actual built environment through on site carbon emission measurements and video documentation of each carbon actor, after which the applicability of the carbon net reduction control tools and manual will be examined.
Explain your initiative in more depth and its stage of development.
The research will generate an animated carbon model embedded with the real video footage and provides a real world experience to its users. A High performance Carbon Net Reduction Manual will be published to share our findings. The manual will be categorized into three sections. The first section defines the prototypes of carbon, the second section will addresses the urban manager, and the third section describes how to convert the urban manager into potential carbon controllers by adapting various control tools.
How does your strategy and approach respond creatively and comprehensively to key issues?
Exposure to the Bangkok Climate Change Issue at the Master of Urban Design program at Columbia University started us down the path we are on today. We learned that many environmental, economic and social issues find common ground in the form of climate change. We are curious about how each carbon emitter behaves differently at various urban zones. "Carbon Net" is the answer to our curiosity. To more effectively advance creative sustainable large-scale solutions and research, our businesses formed the architectural design lab, GINSENGCHICKEN in New York City in 2008. We are each seasoned specialists in our areas of expertise.
Hosung Chun, LEED AP, received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, New York City and a Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Before starting his architectural career, He worked for SR Asset management in Seoul, Korea as an REITs consultant for two years learning about real estate finance and investments while simultaneously gaining an economic understanding of architectural development and construction issues in Korea. Prior to co-founding GINSENGCHICKEN, he trained in Chicago and Paris. Hosung Chun joined Munin Design inc.,(predecessor of Urban Design Group),in Chicago, Illinois ; he was associate designer of Master Plan of Blenheim, Virginia beach(USA) and project designer for numerous high-rise business hotels in Nanchang(China), Honolulu(Hawaii) and Seoul(South Korea) and mid-rise office buildings in Virginia Beach(USA).