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Encoding Stillness

Encoding Stillness

The Encoded stillness project investigates the possibility of orchestrating a behavior through tensioning and releasing encoded matter in response to seasonal fluctuations in ambient temperature. These processes are derived through the use of thermally-responsive linear actuators that link the local encoded behaviour with a global prevailing condition. Synchronously with the earth’s slow rate-of-change on the diurnal scale at the threshold of imperceptibly, this project explores the deformation of a composite material system. Through a systematic investigation of material responses, a range of deformations were revealed. In the context of a Saudi Arabian climate the shielding of occupants from the intense prevailing sunlight, critically informed the design of linear kinetic shading elements. These devices are closely-coupled sensor-actuator systems that relate prevailing meteorological conditions with occupant comfort.

Background Development

This project seeks to address the subject of movement detection and its application in informing an urban social behaviour in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This notion is investigated through transferring the constantly fluctuating contextual thermal energy into a shading and cooling urban fabric by exploiting the behaviour of thermal and mechanical linkages.

The project is discussed in three parts. The first one explores key definitions, distinctions, and notions of movement detection suggesting the proposition of defining the following three key moods of movement detection; a primary movement, a secondary movement, and a tertiary one. The second part discusses the role of movement detection in influencing a social behaviour creating a direct link between the defined moods of movement detection and its influence on the observers. The third part outlines a serious of experimental processes investigating the application of the three key moods in influencing an urban social behaviour.

 

Prototype 01: Photograph of assembled model exploring thermal linkages

Prototype 01: Photograph of assembled model exploring thermal linkages

From these propositions we raise the following question; What is the role of movement detection in informing an urban social behaviour under the prevailing weather conditions in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia?

Several methodologies are employed during the investigation of this role. Theses methodologies are mainly divided in two parts a literature research based methodology and a design research one.

The literature research based methodology forms a survey of the framework that is established to state the current understanding of this field of interest.

The design research one is conducted through one to one experiments with various thermal and mechanical linkages testing the possibility of translating the contextual thermal energy into an architectural behaviour. Through employing these methodologies, the project’s significance lies under its contribution to define movement detection moods in a behavioural context that is of an architectural relevance. It also raises questions regarding the significance of translating contextual conditions into architectural movements.

Prototype 03: Photograph of assembled model exploring thermal linkages

Prototype 03: Photograph of assembled model exploring thermal linkages

Prototype 03: Detail Shot of Assembled Model Exploring Thermal linkages

Prototype 03: Detail Shot of Assembled Model Exploring Thermal linkages

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