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id acadia15_81
authors Hussein, Ahmed
year 2015
title Sandworks / Sand Tectonic Prototype
source ACADIA 2105: Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene [Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-53726-8] Cincinnati 19-25 October, 2015), pp. 81-94
summary This paper outlines a material based research that proposes a time-based architecture that extends Frei Otto’s research of sand formations using sand’s natural angle of repose. The tectonic system focuses on developing compressive structures of sand for hot climate desert areas through a zero-waste formative process whose architecture reorganizes materials naturally available on the site. Formations are hardened as a surface through the phase changing properties of a saline solution which crystallizes when cooled, bonding with the sand. The proportion of insulation material defines the building life span redistributes the materials back into its environment at the end of its cycle. The materiality and spatial qualities of the project are based on the conical and constant angle surfaces generated through the gravitational process of sand formation. Between the digital opportunities of sand formation and its physical possibilities, this paper outlines the analogue-digital methods of sand computation through a comprehensive study in four main sections; material system, material computation, design system and robotic fabrication.
keywords Material computation, analogues digital methods, Sand, Digital design and robotic fabrication, ecological tectonic system
series ACADIA
type normal paper
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