Ayers Saint Gross planned and designed a residential village of six buildings to replace and consolidate all first-year housing at Emory University. This campus neighborhood of 1,240 beds enriches the freshman experience by providing shared spaces to encourage friendships among the students. The buildings take advantage of rainwater harvesting and recycling of graywater for toilet flushing and irrigation to offer lessons in sustainability. Students can track rates of energy and water consumption on display monitors in the common spaces.
Architects are in a position to lead the conversation on sustainability, building materials, and public health. Anne Hicks Harney, our sustainability director, discusses this issue with Architect Magazine.
The Chronicle of Higher Education notes Ayers Saint Gross projects at Goucher College, Emory University, and VCU in this look at first-year housing best practices.