Aggregate, Aggregation + Geotechnical Urbanism
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CitationMekies, Adam. 2021. Aggregate, Aggregation + Geotechnical Urbanism. Master's thesis, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
AbstractWithin the architectural engineering and construction industry we have developed diagrammatic representations and software translations of cultural patterns, extruded 2D cities, and built architecture of processed materials palettes. We are not yet able to diagrammatically compute the translation (intent to manifestation) of wild contexts and materials systems. This thesis seeks a hybrid software approach to the bulk manipulations of aggregate, somewhere between that of a wild randomization and a refined aesthetic.
By developing new software tools toward the aggregation of “wild” (i.e. rock, soils and organic matter) rather than “cultured” (cast-in-place concrete, steel beams, and pre-fabricated urbanism), we may not only achieve new opportunities in the ecological landscape definition of the terms, but also 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 sea-level rise and coastal urbanism surrounding the Boston harbor.
The thesis was produced as a media-heavy thesis and presented through PPT and online Website. GeotechnicalUrbanism.com - the converted PDF is uploaded here.
Citable link to this pagehttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37367633