4D DESIGN

 

It’s not just about recycling or LED bulbs.  Think Bigger.

4D Design is a conscious evolution of our current thinking about green building and the physical impact of buildings on the environment.  It incorporates the human experience both as an individual and in community, and is geometrically based on the principles of nature. We consider the relationship of the foundations to the earth, the supply chain, the means of capturing water, the life cycle of all materials.

4D is about the interconnectedness of all things, and making responsible and aligned decisions at every step of the building process.  We cover everything from the structural system to the view from the place where you eat your breakfast, the path of a left-handed person through a building, sounds of footsteps, pattern language of the exterior.   We give you the framework.  You just have to tell us who you are and what you believe in.

AKA offers the following services: 

  • 4D Design Consultation
  • Eco Village Consultation and Design
  • Sacred Geometry Consultation and Design   

For more information on our offerings, see our Four D Design site. 

1

CLIMATE

 

  CONSCIOUS RELATIONSHIP TO EARTH, SUN, WIND AND NATURAL FEATURES

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

NATURAL DISASTER DEFENSE

COMPREHENSIVE CLIMATE STRATEGY

2

GEOMETRY

 

   FOUNDED ON PRINCIPLES  OF NATURE AND PHYSICS

SACRED GEOMETRY AS BASIS FOR DESIGN

SPATIAL RESONANCE

PROJECT-SPECIFIC  PROPORTION SYSTEMS

DESIGN ALIGNED TO  PURPOSE

3

ECONOMICS

 

 COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGY AND MATERIAL SELECTION

REPETITION OF ELEMENTS

PREFABRICATION

VALUATION OF NON-ECONOMIC BENEFITS

EQUAL ACCESS

4

ERGONOMICS

 

   DESIGN THAT STARTS WITH THE BODY

HARMONIOUS AND EFFICIENT LAYOUTS

PROPORTION SYSTEMS BASED ON USER AND
COMMUNITY NEEDS

ACCESSIBILITY

EASE OF MAINTENANCE

5

STRUCTURE

 

 INNOVATIVE STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS

NOVEL USE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

REPETITION OF STRUCTURAL MODULES BASED ON GEOMETRY

USE OF LOCAL MATERIALS
TO REDUCE TRANSPORT

6

TECHNOLOGY

 

 NEW MATERIALS WITH
SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

NOVEL USE OF EXISTING SYSTEMS

FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

ADAPTABILITY

7

SUSTAINABILITY

 

     OPTIMIZE SITE POTENTIAL AND ENERGY USE

WATER MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

RESPONSIBLY SOURCED
MATERIALS AND SUPPLY CHAIN
(ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN COST)

8

SYMBOLISM

 PATTERN LANGUAGE SPECIFIC TO PROJECT

SYSTEMS OF IDENTIFICATION

ENHANCEMENT OF MEANING, RELATIONSHIP AND SENSE OF BELONGING

BEAUTY AND HARMONYAS A BASIC HUMAN NEED