Flexing Wind

Flexing Wind
Designing adaptive architectural interventions for public spaces


Understanding the dynamics of urban wind is crucial in architectural and urban design, since the phenomena of wind flow and dispersion through a city determine environmental air quality,wind pressures on buildings, urban heat islands, pedestrian comfort, and ambient noise level in the surrounding environment (Salim and Moya, 2012).

This is the overarching theme of this course, in which we will investigate wind flow in outdoor spaces and between buildings and how its behaviour can have negative impacts on pedestrian comfort and the surrounding areas, especially during rainy and windy days. Thus, it has become relevant to analyse these phenomena and design new adaptive architectural solutions, such as a wind breaker, a shelter, or a canopy, or to retrofit existing shelters and pedestrian areas in the city.

The aims of this course are twofold. First is to learn about aerodynamic phenomena around buildings. Second is to explore ways to observe, measure, and control the negative effects of wind around specific pedestrian areas, tram stops, and public sites in Melbourne City using various do-it-yourself tools such as mini wind tunnels, handheld probes and sensors. The final objective is to build full scale architectural prototypes of adaptive wind control systems.

Elective Leaders: Dr. Flora Salim, Rafael Moya and Kamil Sharaidin.
Location: Design Hub and Gossard workshop
Time: Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from 14th – 31th Jan,
1.00-5.00 pm

Contact: Dr. Flora Salim flora.salim@rmit.edu.au

Reference:
Salim, F. and Moya, R., (2012), “Parallel Analysis of Urban Aerodynamic Phenomena Using High and Low-tech tools”, Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2012), September 12 – 14 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.