IN/ARCH – Master’s course of Digital Architecture:
Expert Designer in EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
project in collaboration with Oscar Gutiérrez / tutors: Maria Luisa Palumbo, Amleto Picerno, Vincenzo Mazza,
Stefano Salvatore, Filippo Macelloni – 2nd part of the main Master’s project. #webss
In the first module we have developed a design strategy which applied has given us an accurate model of how Piazza Campo dei Fiori might be enriched and transformed. That model , however , although derived by a rigorous logic , is only a polygon mesh made of nothing but a list of points in 3D coordinates. Furthermore, the particular agent from which it was derived is a source of data in continuous variation which then adds a 4th dimension to the model , thus also considering the dimension of time . In fact, the mesh obtained in the first module was the result of data that we have called “Web Impact” but which were the measurement of various activities evolving as the check-Ins on Foursquare or the likes on Facebook pages. As a result our model is a shape that changes continuously.
To bettere represent materially such a large scale dynamic model we chose to build it with discrete elements
free to move each one along just the vertical axis. And, in order to have a functional element for the real needs of the square we chose the umbrella element.
For many reasons we took the kind of umbrella with inverted slope instead of the conventional one. After that we did further projetc area analyzes to determine the distribution of these umbrellas, which did not have to be necessarily regulare and homogeneous. So the resulting grid was one seted by the people flow along the square and the entry/exit axis of the shops around it. We can used this planar grid as a basement for drawing the meshes that we already know how to obtain (look the first module ).
We aim to have not only a web driven structure but also something sensitive to physical changes under the immediate vicinity. As a physical parameter we chose to measure the volume of noises produced closely to the umbrella and trasform them in a different color temperature of light. In this case warm lights like candles could be the response to a quiet atmosphere and low voices. On the contrary, cold lights could be the response to loud voice and big noise made from more people.
At the end of the design process, after using a lot of different algorithms to make all the analyzes and proves
we need, we ran a simulation of one real day while transforming data to umbrellas movement and colors.
The simulation took 18 real hours of a day
and through 5 different algorithms gave out
what we need to render 18 seconds of video,
the last part of the project video.
For the complete relation of this part you can download the pdf below
WEBSS 2nd part
And for the previous one you can download this other pdf
WEBSS 1st part
Or watch it also through the IN/ARCH channel