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    Towards a Transformative Framework for Sustainable Design in Urban Communities: A Case Study of East Phillips Neighborhood
    (2023-12) Du, Wen
    In the context of increasing climate concerns, this proposal highlights the vital need to address the unique challenges faced by under- resourced communities in urban space for sustainability. Emphasizing the social vulnerability of current top- down approaches prioritizing universal strategies, such as energy efficiency and waste reduction. The reality is that these approaches, while having a more descriptive eff ort as a whole, often fall short in acknowledging the diverse and specific needs of individual communities, this research advocates for a framework that incorporates the general scope but still recognizes the intricacies of each community. This nuanced understanding is particularly crucial in communities heavily affected by cumulative impacts within the urban structure, a point underscored by the Roof Depot case study. Within the context of the Anthropocene era, there's a pronounced pivot towards holistic sustainability, seeking not only decarbonization but also the assurance of the well- being of all residents. This is especially crucial for those residing in under- resourced communities, who have often been marginalized in the pursuit of a green future.
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    Methodology to Prioritize and Optimize Passive Design Strategies in Conceptual Design Phase
    (2015) Musunuru, Sravanthi
    The following paper devises a step‐by‐step process/method to quickly optimize passive design strategies in the conceptual design phase in architectural practice. This study explores the potential capabilities of Sefaira, a cloudbased software platform for performance‐based design, to achieve this purpose. The ultimate aim of the study is to determine what passive design strategies have the most impact on building energy consumption and daylight potential, prioritize them in decreasing order of impact, and devise a method for architects to make quick and impactful design decisions while developing conceptual designs hence integrating this process into their workflow.