|Sensory site analysis by Silas Haslam [add to thread/edit] |
Let's just say for the sake of argument that designers are particularly sensitive to their environments and constantly refine their sensory impressions in an effort to tease out a site's unique phenomenal characteristics. To this end, design interventions have, for the most part, been executed using educated guesses about phenomena and can sometimes fall short of their intention. What I would like to propose is an additional layer of modeling which would supplement the various methods of interpreting phenomena by using BIM software such as Ecotect, Open Studio, light rendering software in Maxwell, etc. My site in Durham, NC, the Liberty Tobacco Warehouse, is primarily a test case where I have taken several site readings such as acoustic sources and levels, climactic data, and light levels and have begun developing a multi-layered phenomenal map of the site and its surroundings. This "phenomenal landscape" has direct physical implications both on the materials in that environment as well as the behavior of people in that site.
|Site program by Silas Haslam, with Eric Field  |
The surrounding program contributed to many of the phenomenal measurements. During my site visits, I took a number of various readings of the site: decibel levels for sound, foot candles for light levels, temperatures and wind speeds. Each of these readings corresponded to the four sensory systems of hearing, vision, somatosensory, and smell. It was also important to relate the senses through the metric of levels of intensity so that a single site map could be produced with representations of each of those phenomena.
|Composite Site Map by Silas Haslam, with Eric Field  |
A composite site map was produced and provided some insights into how the phenomena operated in the area. More importantly, the process of overlaying the various models highlighted areas of phenomenal overlap and activity. These areas which might have been overlooked during the site visits immediately required increased attention as places for design interventions.
|Modeling Process by Silas Haslam, with Eric Field  |
The workflow required the need to build three separate 3-d models for the project’s various simulations. However, some cross-over occurred by exporting the models into the .3ds fi le format. A larger site model with the massing of the local buildings and topography was created to render information regarding regional phenomena and more detailed building iterations were then updated to react to the modeled phenomena.
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