Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Digital Waterfront

Digital Waterfront
From data flow to field-scape

explorations of landscape, digital matrix, data flux, buffer, topography, structure, space warps, data field, filed distortion, field scape.

In this exploration, the waterfront is taken as a privileged place, promoting the awareness of the interrelated and dynamic nature of the territory.
The awareness of this countless dynamic relationships, tends to define a web of new and more subtle relations between the subject-object-space, defining in this way a new understanding of the waterfront as a unified, dynamic and flowing whole. The converging of all this relations is merged into a data bank that like a “primordial soup”, merges data from various origins, forming a meta-concept of the waterfront itself, this new digitally unified model is assumed as a generative base model, an open system that takes into account the not only the meta-data between the basic elements but also the relation of the sequence of events times, tides and discontinuity, simultaneity and superimposition.
The generation of a possible conceptual shape, is in this way, being deeply rooted in the nature of the generation strategy, assuming that the same territory can be worked with many development strategies, We can also assume numerous structured outcomes. This way, program, programmatic content and intentions are essential as means of control of such development strategies.

Adobe Lightroom, Open office Calc, Open office base, Autodesk Ecotect, Rhinoceros 3d, Grasshopper, Cinema 4d.

The first main procedure in creating a data tank of information about the waterfront. Images, statistics, morphology, geological data, weather data, sun charts, walking paths, landmarks, etc.
Abstract perceptions of phenomenological nature are also registered and taken as variables.
Images are tagged with meta-content in lightroom. Numeric data in Calc, weather and climate are analyzed in Ecotect. Particle simulations are made in cinema 4d, with dynamics. All the possible data is merged in open office database. A possible conceptual approach is modeled using rhinoceros, using the generative engine grasshopper, that can merge directly in the model definition data from other sources.

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