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From Curves to Aggregation: A Computational Toolset from a Broader Thesis on Geotechnical Urbanism

Within the architectural engineering and construction industry (AEC), we have developed diagrammatic representations and software translations of cultural patterns, extruded 2D cities, and built architecture of processed materials palettes. However, we are not yet able to diagrammatically compute the translation (intent to manifestation) of wild contexts and materials systems. This paper demonstrates a hybrid software approach to the bulk manipulations of aggregate, somewhere between that of a wild randomization and a refined aesthetic, at two scales: a residential garden and a regional waterfront. Developing new software for aggregating “wild” (i. e. rock, soils and organic matter) rather than “cultured” (cast-in-place concrete, steel beams, and pre-fabricated urbanism) will result in new opportunities in the ecological landscape definition of the terms, and provide tooling for new forms of urban aggregate across more dynamic and less predictable cultural conditions – so-called geo-technical urbanism(s). This experimentation is applied conceptually to computationally replicate the manual processes which created a renowned residential garden; the experimentation also demonstrates its broader scalability in the contexts of sea-level rise and coastal urbanism.

Autor / Author: Mekies, Adam
Institution / Institution: Sherwood Design Engineers + Geotechnical Urbanism Foundation, New York/USA
Seitenzahl / Pages: 13
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 7-2022
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2022 – Hybrid Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Harvard University, Cambridge Mass, USA 09-06-22 - 10-06-22
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Keywords (en): Wild, aggregate, aggregation, geotechnical urbanism
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537724006
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