A MULTIDISCIPLANRY DESIGN METHODOLOGY FOR SOUTHERN HOUSING
Under the auspices of the US Forest Service and the Coalition for Advanced Housing and US Forest Product Laboratory, the Southern Climatic Housing Research Team -- a multidisciplinary group of wood scientists, architects, landscape architects, mechanical and civil engineers – is designing a research and demonstration house for the Southeastern United States on the campus of Mississippi State University. The objectives for this house are to solve climate-related housing construction problems endemic to hot-humid climates: high heat, humidity, decay fungi, mold, high wind, low velocity ventilation, and various insects, including the devastating infestation of the Formosan termite. An overview of the design strategy and research strategy that respectively underpinned the proposed design of a research and demonstration house and organized the multidisciplinary research agendas amongst the five members of the team is presented. The design strategy involves six social, historical, constructional, landscape, environmental, and formal strategies. The research strategy entailed three significant components, all of which are ambiguous in nature. The first is an ambiguity between design and scientific experimentation; the second is an ambiguity among the five disciplines, and the third is an ambiguity among three objectives. Because this is a work in progress, the conclusion will take the form of descriptions of a selection of particular research projects.