The country of Mongolia is one of the most rapidly expanding countries in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 6.83% as of 2020 (insidermonkey.com). Mongolia is known for extremely cold winters, subjecting the country to a dzud (a natural disaster known for killing lots of livestock) as a result of that cold. Mongolia’s architectural typography is vast, with modern achievements as large as skyscrapers, and traditional construction from their history like tents and temples. Many nomadic Mongolians still live in yurts, a portable house type made of lattice wall sections and poles, with layers of felt, cotton, and canvas to protect the structure. Many are heated with stoves from inside, which negatively impacts the environment through the burning of coal. In order to lower the impact on the environment from these methods, it's important to look to the materials for more efficient heating. This study will examine the materials used in the construction of a yurt and determine if there are more effective alternatives for insulating these structures during periods of extremely cold weather.
Hey! I'm Luke, and I'm a 3rd year undergrad Architecture student here at UNC Charlotte. Class of 2023 to be exact. Despite studying architecture, my real interests lie in historic preservation, illustration, and product design. I came down to UNCC in 2019 from New Jersey, where I'd spent the previous 17 years of my life hiking, camping, and exploring abandoned buildings in the woods with my friends. I'd love to run experiments on older construction methods/materials this semester, to encourage continued use of historic construction methods.
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