Project 3 Proposal

After reading about Houston article and researching about the drinking water system in New York, I wanted to know more about stormwater management within a building in New York City and how to maximize its efficiency. The Bank of America in Bryant Park is known to be one of the most sustainable buildings in New York City, gaining platinum in LEED Certification. However, it is known to be a sustainability hoax and that they claimed to be more sustainable than they are. While researching about this problem, I was also interested in the way in which they save their energy by circulating the heat and cool air within the building. Through this project, I wish to deduct the best way in which one would tackle the wicked problem of stormwater runoff, which causes a lot of problems in the city, and some of its main problem sources. Also, I would want to analyze the extent of efficiency of their energy-saving system as I think it acts as a critical model in the understanding of various challenges related to society like climate change.


This project would impact mostly the people living around Bryant Park area, as if the stormwater runoff isn’t managed properly, it would potentially affect its surroundings. The system should also affect current or future building practices, as they could use this as a reference as to how to make a building more energy-efficient. This prototype will include drawings and plans created digitally as well as a printed out digital report analyzing whether the building is a sustainability fraud. In the report, information regarding the building’s facilities, facts and statistics, different stormwater managements, and solutions would be included. I chose this way of presenting my work as I wanted the audience’s attention to be directed straight onto the information on the page and also to analyze the information in a more formal way. This system is sustainable as it would act as a report finding into the ways in which a building could be more efficient through reusing water for other purposes. This would mean that stormwater runoff would decreases, thus not affecting the people and place it surrounds.


An efficient stormwater system and water-efficiency system within a building could be implemented, however, for current buildings, it requires funds to be invested as they would have to replace and renew their previous system. There are however flaws in this report, as not all of the information online may be accurate. This could be minimized through interviewing people who works at the building, the locals or local architects as they would have a better understanding.


This project was inspired by the Deltec’s Hurricane project, as it is recorded that in the past 50 years, none of the Deltec Homes has been lost to hurricane damage regardless of it being in a storm-prone location. It was also inspired by Empire State Building as the building is still known as one of the more sustainable buildings in New York although it was built in 1931 and I was interested in the development of the energy-savings method. My third inspiration is from the Herriot-Watt University in Malaysia, as their main method of reducing energy usage is through the use of green roofs. Therefore, I was curious to see how Bank of America utilizes a heating and cooling method as their main way to reduce energy usage, as green roofs could be heavy

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