The Type V City research project led by Jeana Ripple challenges the notion that building codes are adequately protecting urban safety and welfare by altering system boundary conditions and objectives. By examining code-induced urban scale material patterns, the study uncovers cumulative effects of building codes, both intended and unanticipated. This study broadens discussions of material performance by highlighting the impact of material building stock on urban resilience and environmental justice. The Type V City forms an argument for responsive mechanisms and adaptive criteria within building codes.
Primary Research Assistants: Zazu Swistel, Joshua Aronson, Julia Triman, Kevin Klosterwell, Jennifer Hsiaw
Sponsors: The University of Virginia School of Architecture