The Aeolian Estate is an experimental pilot estate for an urban site, redesigned for clean air living and learning in places of poor air quality.
As a case study for clean air design guidance, this project prioritises the whole lived experience of a child living on the estate at all moments of their day: from waking up, walking to school, participating in classroom time to playing outside, exploring what an urban environment of clean air would look like for children.
Aeolian means relating to or arising from the action of the wind. The Estate investigates how architecture can design with air movement to create experientially rich, clean-air spatial experiences with moments of delight, establishing a template for air quality that can be codified into clean air design codes and implemented across the city.
Driven by socio-environmental research to explore design problems, Hattie has developed a strong interest in sustainable urban policies and interventions and how these can shape the internal and external spaces we design, to live healthily in an increasingly urban world.
Her thesis project A Change of Air, investigates how architecture can balance policy, environmental science and technical exploration with the phenomenological and experiential. She has thoroughly enjoyed the research side of her thesis, utilising computational fluid dynamic modelling software and scientific research papers to gain a better understanding of the effect of architecture on air movements and pollution. The large-scale ambition of her thesis has captivated her interest in building cleaner air spaces for children.