An Introduction: Research Proposal


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After reading about Professor Jane Marie-Law’s research in Japan working with small-scale religious communities to inform sustainable practices in ecology, I wanted to get involved as an architecture student to document and research on the architecture, specifically the Minka, Japanese farmhouses, within their community to understand the relationship between nature, people and culture. The Minka’s dense packed straw roof and its structure, allow for ecologies that exist in the surrounding environment to find a home. The walls, the ground, and the roofs of the house are habitats not only for humans but for mice, insects, mushrooms and more. Currently there are large efforts to preserve these structures and as an architecture student I’m interested in this act of preservation as well. 

Maiko Sein

Student, Cornell University

Hello! I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University. My home is Brooklyn, New York. I am interested in using architecture to tell stories and about people and place. I believe that through studying vernacular architecture, approaches on socio-economic and environmental problems that impact us today such as climate change, can be learned. I love cooking, drawing and writing. My favorite artists include Agnes Martin and Isamu Noguchi. 


Go to the profile of Cath Brislane
4 months ago

I love the niche topic area Maiko! They definitely sound like structures that need preserving, which could also bring much-needed green space to more urban areas as preservation zones :)

Go to the profile of Cath Brislane
4 months ago

Excited to see where this project goes!