Adaptive surface conditions that can mitigate extreme climatic scenarios
Nowhere in the current paradigm of “green” building is there a realistic discussion about what the climate and environment will look like in the coming decades, and distant future. The research centers on an architectural approach to future dystopian environments. Recent proposals that address the future of climate change do not deal with the practical climatic conditions that are likely to be present. The contemporary strategy of sustainable design assumes an optimistic outlook, with little regard to the immense economic, environmental, and political hurdles that must be breached in order to make this outlook a reality.
Adaptive building envelopes in response to extreme air pollution
The question asked throughout this case study and research project was essentially based on a critique of the architectural community’s utilization of sustainable technologies in design, and whether current design initiatives were in fact aggressive enough in their approach to “green” building. The project developed computational simulations of polluted atmospheres in order to develop constructs which would respond formally, while assessing the probable environmental conditions likely to effect the architectural discipline in the future. In contrast to the paradigm of sustainable design, strategies rooted in adaptability and longevity aggressively challenge the effects of climate change.
The Dirty House study looks at the challenges, in an absurd way, of re-conditioning existing housing typologies to better adapt and mitigate oncoming extreme environmental conditions. The outcome of this experiment highlighted the limitations and restrictions of typological traditions to adapt and respond to extreme levels of air pollution.
Exploring machines beyond their utilitarian functions
Independent study with Ball State Graduate Student Taylor Earl
What are the potentials of CNC manufacturing tools beyond deductive milling? These series of experiments aimed to identify the emergent possibilities of weaving and threading utilizing three axis machining.
Each study was tested under varying constraints and parameters: material selected for output based on slip differentials, layout and material of scaffold, speed and movement of router, and development of code for each pattern.
Digital Fabrication Process Study
K.I.T.T.T. is a project focused on evaluating and developing a means of production and fabrication. The challenge was to begin with a physical model at a small scale and realize this form at an exponentially larger size.
In order to achieve the initial form, a rule based operation was applied to a stock sheet of foam. The resulting shape was then digitized by way of 3D Scanning.
The digital model would allow for the development of an efficient fabrication methodology. After continuous refinement, CNC Milling was selected as the primary means of production.
The initial scale of the object measured 10 inches in length, but would be reproduced to measure 7 feet in length.
Computational studies of Behavioral Models
This project is designed to allow digital material to respond, adapt, and reorganize in a generative design process. The goal is not to develop an optimized structure. Rather, it is to understand the behavioral tendencies of the material and its responsive nature to a context in order to derive an architectural intent. The resultant assemblies illustrate how local interactions between individual components give rise to a higher level of organization; a collective intelligence.
This project is being developed through computational simulations and subsequent physical model mock-ups. The time based simulations allow for a redundant exchange of interaction between components. The organizational affects that are produced can be adjusted and tuned by the inherent parameters and properties of the simulation.
The complex arrangements can then be rationalized and prepared for fabrication with an efficient strategy. The design process aims to construct complicated forms by maximizing material supplies, time, equipment, and assembly.
Questioning the longevity of single-family housing typologies