Academic Design Project - Graduate
Critic: Dr. Inderbir Singh Riar
M.Arch Studio II
This project responds to issues surrounding food scarcity as well as the theme of ice, proposing a lightweight, deployable structure which facilitates the production and storage of food, among other functions, in proximity to remote northern communities and scientific research stations. The self-sustaining system offers a means by which greenhouse vegetables and aquaculture can be harvested and stored both terrestrially and aquatically with minimal need for heavy equipment and servicing, factors that contribute to the exorbitant cost of living in the north.
Deployed aquatically and installed along coastal areas, the design proposal offers a semi-permanent solution that facilitates the creation of new transportation corridors along current and future shipping routes in the surrounding oceans. The primary design exploration focused on the skin of the structure which not only serves to control its interior climate, but also offers the potential to harvest renewable sources of energy that satisfy its demand for electricity. The system receives power from the sun, with solar film integrated into the intermediate layer of skin. Further potential exists to harvest tidal energy within the aquatic component. Redundancy of structure and automation in deployment were of utmost importance, therefore the skin is designed as multiple layers of flexible material that allow it to be self-supporting, while containing its interior pressure and maintaining the shape of its space. The inflation procedure would occur autonomously.
The entirety of this project, from concept to schematic design, was modeled in Autodesk Revit and visualized using Maxwell Render. Post-production was completed in Adobe Photoshop.