Responsive Architecture Prototypes | Context and Components

Assignment 5 PROCESS

Wind plays a major role in ecological systems as well as in the built environment. The winds role in nature can affect changes in built space as well as vice versa. Wind can be used to generate energy, passively cool a building and people, aid organisms in flight/migration and deliver humidity in harsh climates. It can also cause damage. High winds can cause structures to fail and weather buildings as well as erosion and dust migration. Hurricanes, tornadoes and dust storms are of the most well-known natural severe/harmful wind events.

Designers have studied and utilized wind for years. In fact in urban areas high rise towers have created wind nuisances to nearby pedestrians. Building groupings consisting of one and two rectangular shaped buildings created several effects when coupled with wind including corner streams/jets, through flow and vortex shedding in the wake of buildings.

Thinking about placing our apparatus in a location we can begin to think about the different environments in which wind plays a major role. This can either be where the abundance of wind is detrimental seasonally of eventfully (tornado) or a place where the lack of wind makes the moments of wind necessary for life.

Location Options/Systems Options:


Design for manmade/induced occurrences: corner streams, through flow, vortex shedding


Collect Dew/Humidity

Hurricane Winds/Reduce Speed

Shed Wind


Collecting Humidity in Wind

 Reduce Wind Speed/Filter Particulates

Tundra (Extreme Environments):

Shed Wind (reduce heat loss)

Reduce Surface Area

Local General:

Sensing and Forcing Natural Ventilation

Opening/closing apparatus to allow more/less air into building

Create pressure differentials in building to draw air in based on weather conditions: humidity, air quality, temperature, wind speed


Most Uncomfortable Summer Weather

Top Cities US with highest average Humidity

Top 5 Windiest Cities

Wind Engineering

Responsive Project

Responsive Project Dealing with Extreme Enviornments\Wind Resistence


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