[tree-housed]: Seeking to synthesize two into one

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Virginia Tech

This thesis delves into the connection between childhood memories and how they shape our appreciation of architectural spaces as we grow older. While our inherent bond with nature and trees remains strong, modern cities and crowded neighborhoods have gradually overshadowed the charming image of gardens next to homes. This study aims to revive the concept of the garden within urban living, not merely as peripheral adornments, but as the heart of a home.

By bringing people and their natural surroundings closer, this thesis seeks to redefine architecture's role beyond mere protection. Imagine a home coexisting with a forest or an orchard, offering not only shelter but sustenance. Collaborating with this coexisting green space, architecture comes to life through smart design and eco-friendly solutions, also addressing urban challenges like noise, pollution, and heat. The result of this scholarly exploration births a paradigmatic design precedent, and as an innovative building design where trees and homes are intertwined, creating a seamless unity that provides both refuge and nurture for residents, manifesting an embodiment of perpetual interconnectedness between the two.

Tree House, Orchard, Residential housing, Alive Buildings, Artificial Intelligence