The Future of the Past: Developing the Outback Using Ancient Maya Colonization Tactics
Holub, Erin Nicole
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Bibliography: page 202
"This project is fueled by the destructive infrastructure embedded in today’s first world countries and the imperative need to ensure that the vastly populated developing countries do not adopt these failing methods with delusions of their success. With our dying ecology, depleting resources and exponential population growth, it is time to make a paradigmatic shift in the way we structure our societies towards a more naturally efficient framework. We must look back to a time before all of these human interventions were implemented. Ancient Mayans thrived in the adverse environment of the Yucatan for 1,500 years without the luxuries of modern society. They worked with their natural environment and adapted as new challenges arose. Today’s Australia is a modern society reliant on environmentally harmful industrial means, caustic factory farming and isolating urban sprawl. Australia, however, is also home to the desert outback, a vast virgin landscape, untouched by human intervention. By mimicking naturally occurring frameworks and through the use of ancient Maya methods for construction, water collection and organization, a new society can be built to fit harmoniously within its surrounding environment. This thesis develops a framework for a sustainable community that can grow and evolve naturally over time. The framework is based on ecologically conscious and efficient infrastructure that will ensure the sustainability of the community into its future."
Keywords: urban design, sustainable living, ecology, site design, water management, passive architecture, Maya, Australia, The Outback, Dahlia flower
CHAIR: Huang, Hsu-Jen
PDF: 202 pages, color illustrations, color maps, plans
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