The Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE)
"The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) is addressing the need for accelerated innovation of radically new sustainable built environments through the development of next-generation building systems. A multi-institutional and professional office research collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, CASE is pushing the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems on a global scale, through actual building projects as research test beds."
The Basics CASE is located on Rensselaer's campus in Manhattan. The students play a huge role in helping develop the newest technologies in build design. CASE wants buildings to be environmentally friendly and self-sustaining. Research and system development conducted at CASE aims to change building practices with international impact in three areas: Energy consumption; Sustainable Resource Management; and quality of access to essential resources: Fresh Air, Clean Water, Natural Daylight, Plant and Animal Life.
CASE believes that because one third of the United State's energy consumption comes from buildings and new buildings are needed all the time it is now more than ever important to start creating green and self-sustaining technologies in order to protect our Earth.