Architectural practice, like any other discipline, is continuously being affected by contemporary conditions.
Those include growing concern about sustainability, difficult and unstable economy, and increasing globalization. In consequence of the aforementioned conditions, the architects need to integrate growing number of prerequisites into projects, and the design process itself becomes increasingly complex. On the other hand, the time given to carry out the designs is not increasing proportionally to the complexity of briefs, and sometimes even gets shorter. As a result, architects have to face more complicated tasks and complete them in less time. Having that in mind, optimization of design process is crucial. This is why the interest in better and more efficient computational aids is constantly growing. This thesis project aims to explore and evaluate methods of integrating computational tools and processes into architectural design.
Goal of the design:
Integrating computational framework that combines various software tools available to architects into one workflow, deliver architectural form that fulfills given requirements, thus exploring and evaluating the possibilities and impact on design process.
Initial prerequisites are based upon terms of Lang Art Generator Competition. The form has to capture energy from nature, convert it into electricity, and have the ability to store and/or transform and transmit the electrical power to a power grid connection point. Because of the project’s location, it will have to suit very restrictive requirements concerning its substructure and construction.
The location of competition is Fresh Kills Park in New York City’s Staten Island.
„Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape.” – the authorities of Freshkills Park