On the shores of architecture

Yasha Grobman, Roy Kozlovsky

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Abstract

This paper explores the implications of complex geometry enabled by computational technology to architectural theory and practice. It reviews the different design paradigms engaged breaking the horizontality of the floor and ceiling or fusing them together. It argues that current advances in fluid dynamics simulations open a new frontier in the conception of the usable architectural surface, in which the architectural product is no longer a fixed object, but the interaction between a fluid, changing environment and built form. The paper presents a case study in which computational fluid dynamics are utilized to reconvert a disused breakwater into a 'blue garden'. The morphology of the breakwater and its texture are calculated to produce the conditions amiable for supporting a varied marine ecosystem, and to shape the waves to generate aesthetically meaningful sensations. The essay discusses the technical and conceptual challenges of controlling the non-linear behaviour of fluids. It then speculates on the theoretical ramifications of having the surface interact with exterior forces and the subject's imagination to produce an event enfolding in time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Comprehensive Design
Subtitle of host publicationSpeculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages853-862
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789881902658
StatePublished - 2014
Event19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA 2014 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 14 May 201417 May 2014

Publication series

NameRethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA 2014
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period14/05/1417/05/14

Keywords

  • Coastal infrastructure
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Curvilinear surfaces
  • Habitat engineering
  • Performance design theory

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