This project given to fourth year architecture students and graduate landscape students challenged them to think about design in an open-ended, emergent way. Landscape processes, site constraints, resource limits and time become critical design determinants. This project is meant to infuse ecological literacy, and set a foundation for thinking about sustainability and transition design.
Luke Murphree's design reveals the process of the subtropical environment. Heat and humidity dance and exchange during the daily cycle. Fog lifts, rain falls, and condensation occurs. His observatory reveals this fundamental process of Tennessee Valley river and ridge landscapes.