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  • FlowInForm

    CAO, KINNERUD, WANG, & ZONTUR, "FlowInForm: Fluid-Formed Urban Landscapes."
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    March GAD, The Bartlett, UCL
    critics: Daniel WIDRIG & Fulvio WIRZ.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Abel CAO, Lisa KINNERUD, Fei WANG, & Secil ZONTUR: FlowInForm investigates how to choreograph flux (of a liquid media) to animate a natural process with the aim to capture and express the essence of fluid forms into patterns and spatial compositions.

    Ultimately, the fluid systems are integrated in an urban context to form a flow-based landscape with the purpose to define a new architectural typology, in, on and by a water environment.

    The main objective of this research is to investigate the immediate structures that appear when fluids collide and interact, and to convey the dynamism of a fluid system into static form. The point of departure is in the desire to blur the boundary between the natural and the tectonic, and to merge the natural and artificial construction of space, by means of digital design and computational fluid dynamics.

    The architectural qualities in a turbulent flow lie in its polymorphic nature, that is in the order that can be found despite of its appeared random and chaotic character. FlowInForm researches how to bring together the complexity and coherence in turbulent flow to form an organic unity with a variety of spatial characters. Fluid distribution as a deployment strategy allows for a seamless interaction between buildings and their surroundings. A fluid system opens up for a more varied and less rigid spatial arrangement and through gradient boundaries every part of a structure can blend in to each other, creating unique spaces. The final urban proposal is a new landmark and public space located in the tidal zone of the river Thames. Driven by site-specific fluid dynamical forces, environmental parameters and being subjected to certain spatial tasks, it has the aim to synthesize the natural and artificial construction of space.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AC, LK, FW, & SZ: The works of Daniel Widrig, Perry Hall, and Federico Diaz; the writings of Stan Allen.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AC, LK, FW, & SZ: Reading: Stan Allen and Marc McQuade, Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain; Michael Eckert, The Dawn of Fluid Dynamics: A Discipline Between Science and Technology; writings by Philip Ball and Manuel De Landa. Watching: Twin Peaks, again and again and on repeat. Listening to: Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AC, LK, FW, & SZ: Olafur Eliasson, Philip Beesley, and Achim Menges.

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