Thermodynamics of architecture and urban fabric: designing and re-shaping cityscapes by laws of Nature

Conference Presentation


Tracada, E. 2014. Thermodynamics of architecture and urban fabric: designing and re-shaping cityscapes by laws of Nature. Common Ground Publishing.
AuthorsTracada, E.
TypeConference Presentation
Abstract

Finding form for a building, or better, forming the fabric of a modern cityscape could not only trigger research on mere preexisting built environment, but also anxiety to know more about the people who would use the form/shape and finally structure of a building. How free a designer/architect could be to play with form when s/he tries to make associations with the material and structural context of a real building? How long does it take to move from freedom of form towards a final design dictated and overwhelmed by frameworks and policies? Ethical and framework criteria and restrictions several times may be fatal to form finding. How can modern designers/architects avoid restrictions and misapprehension of regulatory outlines? The searchers of form are considered rare by Frei Otto, who mainly followed the laws of form and a structural approach most of the times; very recent work of him shows strict relationship with Morphogenesis. Thus, we can also suggest that Morphogenesis is based on more ‘organic’ approaches and laws of thermodynamics; cities can be natural fractal entities as well as morphogenetic structural systems as technology today offers more opportunities to play, develop and accomplish natural forms of not only simple buildings, but also built and unbuilt/open spaces in modern cityscapes. The paper will not only discuss morphogenesis and fractility in architecture, but also will show how students of design and architecture often react and interact with specific analytical tools, from Mathematics and Physics to Biology and Architectural Psychology, in order to create human-centered design. The author has had the opportunity to teach history and theory of architecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students for several years; she has also managed to make connections between Urban Design and Studio practices modules, too. She often shared research activities with her students and observed specific activities during which the students managed to capture hidden codes and messages from built and natural environment, which are regulated by powerful thermodynamic laws of nature, providing for future cityscapes’ evolution.

Finding form for a building, or better, forming the fabric of a modern cityscape could not only trigger research on mere preexisting built environment, but also anxiety to know more about the people who would use the form/shape and finally structure of a building. How free a designer/architect could be to play with form when s/he tries to make associations with the material and structural context of a real building? How long does it take to move from freedom of form towards a final design dictated and overwhelmed by frameworks and policies? Ethical and framework criteria and restrictions several times may be fatal to form finding. How can modern designers/architects avoid restrictions and misapprehension of regulatory outlines?
The searchers of form are considered rare by Frei Otto, who mainly followed the laws of form and a structural approach most of the times; very recent work of him shows strict relationship with Morphogenesis. Thus, we can also suggest that Morphogenesis is based on more ‘organic’ approaches and laws of thermodynamics; cities can be natural fractal entities as well as morphogenetic structural systems as technology today offers more opportunities to play, develop and accomplish natural forms of not only simple buildings, but also built and unbuilt/open spaces in modern cityscapes.
The paper will not only discuss morphogenesis and fractility in architecture, but also will show how students of design and architecture often react and interact with specific analytical tools, from Mathematics and Physics to Biology and Architectural Psychology, in order to create human-centered design. The author has had the opportunity to teach history and theory of architecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students for several years; she has also managed to make connections between Urban Design and Studio practices modules, too. She often shared research activities with her students and observed specific activities during which the students managed to capture hidden codes and messages from built and natural environment, which are regulated by powerful thermodynamic laws of nature, providing for future cityscapes’ evolution.

KeywordsThermodynamics; Cognitive behaviour; Natural morphogenesis
Year2014
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/313052
hdl:10545/313052
File
File Access Level
Open
File
File Access Level
Open
File
File Access Level
Open
File
File Access Level
Open
File
File Access Level
Open
Publication dates2014
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Feb 2014, 14:33
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
Permalink -

https://repository.derby.ac.uk/item/94v80/thermodynamics-of-architecture-and-urban-fabric-designing-and-re-shaping-cityscapes-by-laws-of-nature

Download files


File
license_url
File access level: Open

license_text
File access level: Open

license_rdf
File access level: Open

license.txt
File access level: Open

  • 6
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 2
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Shape optimisation of cold roll formed sections considering effects of cold working
Qadir, Sangar, Nguyen, Van Bac, Hajirasouliha, Iman, Ceranic, Boris, Tracada, Eleni and English, Martin 2021. Shape optimisation of cold roll formed sections considering effects of cold working. Thin-Walled Structures. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2021.108576
Nature connectedness, human behaviours, and blue infrastructure: the water effect to people in historical and contemporary masterplanning
Al-Wali, Wafaa and Tracada, E. 2020. Nature connectedness, human behaviours, and blue infrastructure: the water effect to people in historical and contemporary masterplanning. Water Efficiency Network, University of Bath.
Invoking humanism in modernity: architecture and spectacle in fascist Italy
Tracada, E. and Temple, Nicholas 2019. Invoking humanism in modernity: architecture and spectacle in fascist Italy. in: Routledge.
Renaturalising the water courses: dynamic interactions between communities and nature
Tracada, E. and Varone, Francesco 2018. Renaturalising the water courses: dynamic interactions between communities and nature. in: WATEF Network/University of Bath.
Recent experiences of urban ritual performances, inspired by Dimitris Pikionis's walkways in Athens.
Tracada, E. 2018. Recent experiences of urban ritual performances, inspired by Dimitris Pikionis's walkways in Athens.
Spatial and economic smart strategies for the 21st-Century metropolitan city of Naples
Caperna, Antonio, Tracada, E., Minervino, Guglielmo, Alatalo, Elina and Cerreta, Maria 2018. Spatial and economic smart strategies for the 21st-Century metropolitan city of Naples. in: Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements Springer Nature. pp. 665 - 755
Renaturalising the water courses: dynamic interactions between communities and nature
Tracada, E. and Varone, Francesco 2018. Renaturalising the water courses: dynamic interactions between communities and nature.
Water valued in green infrastructure designs and human behaviours: Ecocentric values and their acceptance by human beings.
Tracada, E. and Varone, Francesco 2017. Water valued in green infrastructure designs and human behaviours: Ecocentric values and their acceptance by human beings. UPLanD, Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design.
Florence: a city immersed in fame, water and gardens
Tracada, E. 2017. Florence: a city immersed in fame, water and gardens. University of Bath.
Living with dementia condition in modern cities. Does urban renewal help vulnerable ageing population today?
Tracada, E. 2017. Living with dementia condition in modern cities. Does urban renewal help vulnerable ageing population today? Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB).
Revitilising urban tissue and communities through biophilic participatory design: Normanton Peartree area, Derby, UK.
Tracada, E. 2017. Revitilising urban tissue and communities through biophilic participatory design: Normanton Peartree area, Derby, UK. Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS).
Music festivals: how are people encouraged to be mindful in their uses of finite resources and not waste water? Where does water go after use?
Tracada, E., Adeyeye, Kemi and Sephton, Neil 2016. Music festivals: how are people encouraged to be mindful in their uses of finite resources and not waste water? Where does water go after use?
The city of future: biourbanism and constructural law
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2016. The city of future: biourbanism and constructural law.
To use or not to use enough water in Travellers’ sites? What does the new planning framework do about water uses and misconceptions?
Tracada, E. 2016. To use or not to use enough water in Travellers’ sites? What does the new planning framework do about water uses and misconceptions?
Music Festivals: How are people encouraged to be mindful in their uses of finite resources and not waste water? Where does water go after use?
Tracada, E., Adeyeye, Kemi and Sephton, Neil 2016. Music Festivals: How are people encouraged to be mindful in their uses of finite resources and not waste water? Where does water go after use?
The city of the future and the laws of physics: Biourbanism and constructal law
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2016. The city of the future and the laws of physics: Biourbanism and constructal law. University of Bath.
The regeneration of minor historical centres: Neighbourhood Agreement II in San Lorenzo Maggiore (Benevento)
Tracada, E. and Varone, Francesco 2016. The regeneration of minor historical centres: Neighbourhood Agreement II in San Lorenzo Maggiore (Benevento). UPLanD, Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design.
Biophilic urban developments following dynamic flows of tree-shaped architectures
Tracada, E. 2016. Biophilic urban developments following dynamic flows of tree-shaped architectures. International Journal of Heat and Technology. 34, pp. S161 - S166. https://doi.org/10.18280/ijht.34s121
To use or not to use enough water in Travellers’ sites? What does the new planning framework do about water uses and misconceptions?
Tracada, E. 2016. To use or not to use enough water in Travellers’ sites? What does the new planning framework do about water uses and misconceptions?
Biophilic urban developments following dynamic flows of tree-shaped architectures
Tracada, E. 2015. Biophilic urban developments following dynamic flows of tree-shaped architectures. Timeo editore.
Biourbanism: Towards a new epistemology in the architects’ education
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2015. Biourbanism: Towards a new epistemology in the architects’ education.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: ‘Le Bout du monde’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Purgatorio’ in landscape
Tracada, E. 2015. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: ‘Le Bout du monde’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Purgatorio’ in landscape. in: Éditions de l’Espérou.
Water efficiency-people and communities
Bell, Sarah and Tracada, E. 2015. Water efficiency-people and communities. The WATEF Network, University of Brighton.
Words which exclude
Tracada, E., Spencer, Siobhan and Neary, S. 2014. Words which exclude. iCeGS - International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.
The Gypsy and Traveller communities’ housing dispute against the Localism Tenet – Social and Cultural definition of Gypsy and Traveller status and gender issues
Tracada, E., Spencer, Siobhan and Neary, S. 2014. The Gypsy and Traveller communities’ housing dispute against the Localism Tenet – Social and Cultural definition of Gypsy and Traveller status and gender issues. in: CREA & Giovanni Michelucci Foundation.
‘Hidden agenda in the last decade: localism and Housing Acts in UK.
Tracada, E., Spencer, Siobhan and Neary, S. 2014. ‘Hidden agenda in the last decade: localism and Housing Acts in UK.
Project JUST/2011/Frac/AG/2716-"WE: Wor(l)ds which exclude-National Report UK"
Tracada, E., Spencer, Siobhan and Neary, S. 2014. Project JUST/2011/Frac/AG/2716-"WE: Wor(l)ds which exclude-National Report UK".
‘Performing in Corso Palladio’ in DAS 2013-VICENCE
Tracada, E. 2014. ‘Performing in Corso Palladio’ in DAS 2013-VICENCE. in: Éditions de l’Espérou.
Hidden agenda in the last decade Localism and Housing Acts in the UK. Where is the good practice in East and West Midlands case studies?
Tracada, E., Spencer, Siobhan and Neary, S. 2014. Hidden agenda in the last decade Localism and Housing Acts in the UK. Where is the good practice in East and West Midlands case studies? Gypsy Studies.
Harmonious architecture and kinetic linear energy
Tracada, E. 2013. Harmonious architecture and kinetic linear energy. in: montpellier.archi.fr.
The Fractal Urban Coherence in Biourbanism: The Factual Elements of Urban Fabric
Eleni Tracada 2013. The Fractal Urban Coherence in Biourbanism: The Factual Elements of Urban Fabric. The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design. 7 (1), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1662/cgp/v07i01/38355
AIA CPD Workshop to Edra44 Providence: 'Neuroergonomics and Urban Design'
Tracada, E., Caperna, Antonio and Serafini, Stefano 2013. AIA CPD Workshop to Edra44 Providence: 'Neuroergonomics and Urban Design'.
A new paradigm for deep sustainability: biourbanism
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2013. A new paradigm for deep sustainability: biourbanism.
Presentation in Renewbuild Conference 2013 in Gazi University Ankara
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2013. Presentation in Renewbuild Conference 2013 in Gazi University Ankara.
Biourbanism as neuroergonomics in design
Tracada, E., Caperna, Antonio and Serafini, Stefano 2013. Biourbanism as neuroergonomics in design.
Self build design and construction processes and the future of sustainable design education
Tracada, E. 2012. Self build design and construction processes and the future of sustainable design education. in: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).
Biourbanism for a healthy city: biophilia and sustainable urban theories and practices
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2012. Biourbanism for a healthy city: biophilia and sustainable urban theories and practices. Proceedings of the International Convention on Innovations in Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development.
Complexity and biourbanism: thermodynamical architectural and urban models integrated in modern geographic mapping
Tracada, E. and Caperna, Antonio 2012. Complexity and biourbanism: thermodynamical architectural and urban models integrated in modern geographic mapping. Conference Proceedings Theoretical Currents II.
Reformation places and the use of senses in their design: Seclusion spaces and heightened sensory awareness/responsiveness
Tracada, E. 2011. Reformation places and the use of senses in their design: Seclusion spaces and heightened sensory awareness/responsiveness. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 5 (10), pp. 355 - 370. https://doi.org/10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v05i10/51929
From Modernism and under the Fascist flag of Italian Nation to Post-modernist urban sprawl
Tracada, E. 2010. From Modernism and under the Fascist flag of Italian Nation to Post-modernist urban sprawl.
Presentation: From Modernism and under the Fascist flag of Italian Nation to Post-modernist urban sprawl: the emergence and the power of the architectural Schools in Italy
Tracada, E. 2010. Presentation: From Modernism and under the Fascist flag of Italian Nation to Post-modernist urban sprawl: the emergence and the power of the architectural Schools in Italy.
Presentation:Reformation places and the use of senses in their design: seclusion spaces and heightened sensory awareness
Tracada, E. 2010. Presentation:Reformation places and the use of senses in their design: seclusion spaces and heightened sensory awareness.
Design codes and design language
Tracada, E. 2008. Design codes and design language. in: Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd.