Embedded Architectures | Data-driven Design en route to Architecture and Environment Integration | Prof. Michael U. Hensel
Sustainability requirements are becoming rapidly more complex and pressing as climate change and related societal, economic and environmental problems unfold. Human modifications of the environment fall short of advanced sustainability considerations from early design stages onward due to a pronounced gap in the integration of relevant data across domains and scales. At the same time data is gaining increasing importance in many areas concerning the biophysical environment, as well as design and construction of the human dominated and, more specifically, the built environment. The talk introduces a current effort in integrating multi-scale and multi-domain knowledge and modelling methods that link systematic data acquisition and integration for assessing architecture and biophysical environment interaction, as well as modeling and analysis of ecology and climate impact and modulation. This includes the integration of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, micro-climate and ecology. From this new approaches to urban green infrastructure and urban agriculture are beginning to emerge that are supported by constructions and that are integrated with non-discrete architectures. The talk will introduce an approach entitled "embedded architectures" that seeks to tackle this problematic at the intersection between architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, micro-climatology and ecology.