How can biomimetic principles inform immersive encounters in spaces of transition and everyday routine?
How can real time wind data be re-presented through pattern to create a dynamic spatial experience?
Cities are vast ecologies where infrastructural, societal, and environmental networks overlay and intersect with one another. Innovative city initiatives utilize data to inform responsive and efficient decision-making to mitigate increasing pressures on the urban environment. This design approach can be likened to the efficiency that growth patterns of natural phenomena display within their network functions. This research project has explored working with data from studying natural systems, environments, and patterns. Through principles of biomimicry, the project has developed ways of making data visual using pattern-making as a strategy for design.
'Reverberating encounters' is a speculative future design for the State Library Station. As a network in itself, train stations are spaces where thresholds and routines allow passengers access and mobility on their daily journeys. The proposed underground train station will be isolated from weather temporalities present in the every day, leaving an opportunity to visualize exterior conditions on the interior. This project seeks to facilitate a kinetic experience that responds to practical and nuanced conditions of the station through re-presentations of real-time wind data of analogue and technological means.
Wind responds to, pushes moves around, and moves through masses of the built and living environment with the capacity to generate kinetic energy. Materializing the ephemerality of wind that we feel but cannot see will produce ever-changing effects specific to the site of intervention with the source of data or energy not apparent to the viewer. These characteristics will be highlighted through forms and lighting conditions to produce dynamic atmospheric qualities that layer on top of the station’s infrastructure to re-present what would otherwise be quantitative data removed from the human experience. Instead, the station interior becomes a living environment where the senses are newly engaged each time visitors pass through the station.