Claudia Bode, M.Arch 2015, is included in Wallpaper Magazine’s Graduate Directory for 2016. Bode’s thesis examines the challenges of the ‘Green Heart’, an agricultural area situated in the center of the Randstad, a metropolis in the western Netherlands. The region faces multiple challenges, including the need to accommodate for water as a strategy to deal with climate change, and the difficult task of operating small family dairy farms in an increasingly globalized market.
Bode’s thesis focuses on the site’s embodiment of the ‘Dutch pastoral’. “The pastoral myth has very real ramifications for the identity of the Rndstad and must be carefully negotiated in any intervention that attempts to change the image or form of the Green Heart,” Bode writes. Through a study of the Dutch lowland landscape and a design proposal that considers the scale of both architecture and landscape, the "Blue Heart” is a “strategic intervention that reinterprets additional water as an economic boon, and proposes a new building typology that enables farmers to capitalize on this new nature.” See the full thesis here.
While a student at MIT, Bode was a Research Associate with Miho Mazereeuw and the Urban Risk Lab and founded the Kujenga Collaborative, a design-research collective which engages in architectural design and research with The Olive Branch for Children, a small nonprofit located in rural Tanzania. In the fall, Bode was a lecturer at Northeastern University, where she taught the third-year urbanism studio.