Fragile Equilibrium: Environmental change and Cultural Resilience in the Himalayas

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Creator: 

Shaw, Brett

Date: 

2018

Abstract: 

This project proposes a series of large-scale phased interventions to help sustain, delay, or distribute water resources in the Himalayas. It is an imagined application of an already tested water storage method, the Ice Stupa. This engineered method of building ice and storing water might be applied as a calculated planning strategy to aid Tibetan communities in their struggles with flooding and drought. In addition, a sited consideration of these stupas might offer additional programmatic functions related to tourism, animal husbandry, and agriculture, the primary economic supports for the villages studied. As giant freshwater glaciers melt, strategic water management will become the foundation of resilience. Architecture is often seen as foreign to such dynamic endeavours. This thesis proposes that design may have a critical role to play in this environment of fragility and severity.

Subject: 

Architecture

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Architecture: 
M.Arch.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Architecture

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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