Deus ex Machina: Weather as an Evolutionary Pressure

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dc.contributor.advisor Morris, E en Lockyer, Andy en 2014-07-03T21:24:26Z en 2013 en
dc.identifier.citation 2013 en
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dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the possibilities of responsive spatial environments in the context of drastic climate change. Set upon Ninepin Rock, at the western end of Whatipu beach at the mouth of Manukau harbour, the project seeks to catalyze social response towards the impending disasters inherent with unadulterated climate change. The project is set within the near future, where a frontier laboratory and weather station is built upon one of the imagined series of cloud seeding towers that populate coastal regions of the world. This laboratory acts as an artificial landscape through which the local atmospheric conditions can be materialized and communicated in a form comprehensible to humanity. The architecture is an inter-play between artificial and biological systems, that begins to mediate the human and natural environments. The result is an architecture that makes visible the ephemeral and temporal aspects of the region’s ecological forces, which are usually outside of human perception and therefore easy to ignore or deny. The architecture becomes an active vehicle through which involved and insightful approaches to climate change can be undertaken and a place in which such movements can be materialized. In order to span the immaterial with the physical, the architecture utilizes real time data processing as a means of manifesting itself and transforming the landscape, such that the architecture becomes a memory of the weather phenomena that acts upon it. The architecture is then a process of simultaneous growth and erosion as directed by the weather data collected on the site. The architecture is envisaged as being perceived as an artificial deity that acts to humanize societies impact upon the environment through a series of functions: 1 – The principle role of the architecture is to act as a tangible representation of the ecological forces of its local context. Thus a dynamic architecture is developed, challenging human indifference to climate change through the dramatization of the patterns of environmental activity. Through real-time processing of humidity and temperature data, the architecture undergoes constant reiteration by the changes in weather pressure. The architecture manifests these weather variables into a perceptible form for human cognition and therefore becomes a communicative vehicle capable of eliciting human emotions of empathy and sympathy. 2 – The architecture houses a climate change laboratory, in which anthropocentric and climatic concerns can be investigated. The laboratory acts to expose the systems of climate change so that the scientists working within the laboratory become embedded in the material and energy exchanges of the environment, to facilitate articulate and informed human reactions towards mediating climate change. 3 – The architecture acts as a beacon of change around which like-minded people can gather and focus their efforts. As such the architecture becomes the subject of pilgrimages through which those interested or motivated in climate change mitigation, can be coalesced into useful and productive avenues of action. 4 – The interaction between the cloud seeding tower and the architecture is utilized through the architectural tradition of speculative narrative, as a means of forming a dramatic interplay in which different scales of the architecture become actors undertaking varying roles. This locates the impending issues of climate change into the immediate context of today as a means of provoking action in the here and now. The architecture acts as a communicative vessel, making the systems of climate change tangible and thereby promoting awareness and action in wider society. en
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dc.title Deus ex Machina: Weather as an Evolutionary Pressure en
dc.type Thesis en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-07-04 en

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