Interpreting & Reacting to Forces: Structural Form Finding Excercise

“The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This was a short exercise in studying the literal interpretation of flows on a site. This was a precursor study for the current studio project this semester. The site for the project is on an abandoned pier in Elliott Bay, Seattle. Although the climate is rather benign, the increased exposure of the site on the water presented a number of additional environmental considerations. What was apparent is that the site sits at the nexus of a variety of flows, specifically wind, rain, and rainwater runoff. This study was an investigation of literally interpreting flows on a given surface to create a reactive structure below. The idea was to then test multiple other flow forces from a variety of directions and magnitudes to simulate other forces such as wind.


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