Digital Interfaces: Structuring Fluid Territories

Arch 482B Master Program Technology Seminar
Undergraduate Arch 177 Computer Design Seminar Elective

The School of Architecture of The Cooper Union
Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

Digital Interfaces: Structuring Fluid Territories
after Hurricane Sandy

According to some scientists we may have surpassed the point of irreparable damage to our planet. At this point, several scientists confirm that ecological balance may only be achieved by artificial means. Hurricane Sandy and other recurring storms have been activating debates on ecology, discussing the role of artificial interventions in the cities of the north east, bringing issues that can be associated with New Orleans and the devastating force of Hurricane Katrina, studied in this computer seminar back in 2006 and in 2013.

As a workshop, students were asked to study social, economical, biological and ecological landscape-urbanism alternative strategies for the systems of bays, rivers, shores and ports that surround New York City, including its Upper and Lower Bay, the East River and the Hudson River, through computer assisted simulations. Mega-structural territorial scale visions for radical interventions that affect the entire territory of the area that surrounds New York City were studied by structuring natural feedback exchanging information and energy.

This advanced course worked out relationships between the architecture of the city and the structuring of the fluid surrounding territory, studying form within time, fluid forces and resistances through specific dynamic software tools. Mapping, testing and working processes of sedimentation, erosion, and tidal or hydraulic energy, were studied to extend the architecture of New York City based on time, space and artificial ecology.

Strategies with algorithms relied on both analog and digital interfaces.

JA Alonzo, Yoonah Choi, Febe Chong, Max Dowd, Daniel Hall, Mabel Jiang, Anna Kramer, Sehee Lee, Binhan Li, Aisa Osako and Rosannah Sandoval

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