Friday, November 9, 2012

Final Slides Overview

Below are a few of the final detail slides used in the presentation (not in order) which served to be a step by step explanation of the process undertaken to create the final design. Overall I am satisfied with the outcome and what I was able to achieve given that I had only learnt the 3D modelling program a couple weeks prior to submission. I have written a brief explanation of each slide under the images.

After trialing various attractor facade sytems, a flexible, adaptive facade system which was designed to wrap around the spherical skin . Effectively, individual triagular mechanisms dialate with solar interaction.

I was interested in expanding my pod design for beyond year 2030 into a generative eco system which hosted various pod designs and would have a growable structure borrowing the Protocell technology from Rachel Armstrong where engineered microscropic cells have the ability to grow, mould and harden over a surface. I believe by utilising this technology would serve as a wholly sustainable solution to provide for future Brisbane City.

A key part to refining my previous group's future scenario was the realistic inclusion of flood channels throughout Brisbane City due to rising sea levels and an increase in flooding as a result of the thinning O-Zone layer. As the flood channels proposed by the government have only just begun in year 2030, the first stage of the initiative was to place a major flood "artery" within the former Queen Street Mall. This scenario was key to my future design as I sought to utilise the Brisbane River.

The internal structure of PARAp*oduce was inspired by the Radiolarian cells which generally grow in the ocean. These living organisms include key elements such as a nucleus, skeleton, structure and protruding feelers. PARAp*oduce uses biomimicry quite heavily in its design and included a central core, a layers structure and facade system and connective skybridges and valves.

To satisfy the growing CBD population I found it was neccesary to connect the city and it new residents, and found that by placing nodes on major buildings, a network of smaller nodes could be made which served as a framework to service the city population.

The initial structure of the future pods would be a realistically manufactured procedure and includes a reflective shell, structural framing, flood plates and a facade. With an increase in technology this structure is envisioned to be generative in design with the use of protocells and organic fibre composite. The skeleton should vary dependant on the weight strain, where structural rings increase where weight load increases.

The PARAp*od network serves to be parasitic and utilises adjacent buildings with the Growing Pods as major access points, and sky bridges connecting to other pods within the network.

With a view to be a entire network of generative "pods" the future design focused only on the three major contributors to the Urban Sky Farm system. The system consists of a Growing Pod, a Nutrient Pod and a Filtration Pod. The Brisbane River is utilised to provide water and fluids to plants and is filtered, enhanced and served within the network.

The cirulation of each pods serves to be simplistic and provided as much space as possible for plant growth or other uses. Vertical circulation is through the central core and boundary paths.

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