• River Hydrology

    ALEXOPOULOS, HUANG, SONG, & XI, "River Hydrology."

    Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
    Research Cluster 01
    critics: Alisa ANDRASEK, & Dağhan ÇAM, David ANDREEN.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Konstantinos ALEXOPOULOS, Jingya HUANG, Tao SONG, & Liaoliao XI: Hydrology elaborates on synthetic ecologies within the dynamic field of rivers.

    Conditions of floods and rising sea levels are taken into consideration while there is a reallocation of local conditions of river’s velocity dynamics for re-mineralization and potentially for decentralized energy capture. A fabric of a new self-organized system is introduced in different time phases, for the generation of an ecologic strata as an extension of the coastline. Conditions of buoyancy, flows and tides contribute for the adaptation of the system in such a direction.

    Aggregation is the preferred method of coastal management constructions. It can offer the self-organizing properties while it behaves at the same time as a fluid body. To test various units with large population numbers, both in physical and digital simulation methods are used. The stability, porosity, intricacy and articulation potentials are the main properties that could make the units stick on fixed structures.

    A specific site is selected to apply precise data. Hence the Diver Dart is a suitable river with potential in floods and high energy values (Data from ministry). The Master Plan is generated from the higher velocity coastline areas, which are the most possible areas to receive floods in the future. So the growing structure aims for their protection and reinforcement of banks. The growth is proceeding to the higher velocity areas and their density is again affected in similar way. (Higher Velocity -> More Density = Higher Porosity) Consequently, the formation potentially comes from the most kinetic energy areas and protects coastline simultaneously.

    The Diffuse limited aggregation topology are applied in order to form inhabitable space, as a structural system which can be added on the reinforced banks. Variations of number of points, meshing densities and neighbors connections were tried, creating different potentials of enclosed and walkable space along with its structural system.

    Porosity and intricacy of the created fabric accelerates the desired synthetic nature, evolving and hybridizing this system through time. A new inhabitation land for local ecologies’ symbiosis are created finally for protecting the coastline, meantime could be an ecological space for human.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    KA, JH, TS, & LX: Water-behavior simulation, algorithmic architectural design via computational physics simulation, diffuse limited aggregation natural-growth algorithms; Alisa Andrasek / Biothing; and multi-agent systems.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    KA, JH, TS, & LX: Reading: Steven Johnson, Emergence; Alisa Andrasek, “Open Synthesis // Toward a Resilient Fabric of Architecture.” Watching: Andy Lomas, “Aggregation: Complexity out of Simplicity” and related videos.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    KA, JH, TS, & LX: Alisa Andrasek; Dağhan Çam; Andy Lomas; Blue (José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal); and MAMEMO (Shany Barath, Gary Freedman, Immanuel Koh, & Osbert So).

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    We would like to thank our tutors Alisa Andrasek, Dağhan Çam, and David Andreen for their valuable help to us. We would also like to express our gratitude to our families and friends for their support.

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