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Case Study : Crosby 315 : Temperature

Dan Barry, Odin Lapholm, Will Ransom, Yuan Qi

Within the room there are numerous factors which affect the temperature.  These elements are present for a variety of reasons, some of which are intended to directly control an aspect of the temperature while others merely generate a secondary source of heat within the room as a byproduct of their primary actions.  The location of the primary factors in temperature control within the room are diagrammed above.  These factors include windows, radiators, adjacencies to the room, solar heat gain, and air registers.  Materiality also presents thermal variance within the room, therefor objects such as windows, walls, doors, tables, and every other object within the room presents a the space with a unique thermal condition based on its immediate surroundings.  In addition to this, items such as computers, electronic appliances, electric tools, and people may also present secondary heat sources within the room.  It is our intentions to investigate and map a variety of these factors in order to understand the thermal organization of the room.  These conditions will be initially monitored and mapped locally within each students work station in order to gain an understanding of the contributing factors to each students thermal conditions.  Work stations will then be monitored to track these conditions and cross referenced with a subjective analysis of  each students experience within the room.


Local Humidity

In our first studio exercise, we are tasked with evaluating  a variety of environmental factors influencing our local atmospheric conditions (Light, Air Pressure, Humidity, Temperature).  Humidity, which is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air, serves as the subject of our analysis within the studio environment.

It can be measured in terms of Absolute Humidity, equal to the mass of water vapor/volume of air,

….or, as is more common, it can be measured as Relative Humidity, equal to the partial pressure of water vapor/saturated vapor pressure of water x 100%  


The Atmospheric Conditions of Light

– Jodi Pfister, Adam Levin, Adam Laskowitz

The following study will analyze light across the visual spectrum.   The characteristics of this spectrum will be graphed under highly localized conditions, creating a number of data sets that can then be used comparatively to understand how local lighting conditions affect the general lighting atmosphere of the studio.  These data sets will then be analyzed with another data set graphing the social dynamic of the studio with reference to the various characteristics of light, in order to better understand how light affects group behavior, and conversely how group behavior affects things like the dominant chromatic spectra of the environment and average lighting levels within the space.


AIR PRESSURE I (Project 1)

Air Pressure: Barometric Apparatus Design_

Group: Matthew Sama, Alejandro Quiros, Kathy Yuen, Trinadh Pydipally

_Air Pressure

_Barometer Apparatus

The Analog BarometerApparatus was designed as an operable section mechanism to record the various air pressures across the typical workstation of the studio. The various heights of the apparatus included 9-1/2″ Floor, 2′-4″ Half of Radiator, 4′-0″ Radiator, 5′-7″ Human Height, and 7′-2″ Mid Height of Window as a means of getting a wide range of air pressures across the space.

_Apparatus Readings

The Analog Barometer Apparatus was documented over a full 24 hour period recording the air pressure changes from 8:00am Wednesday January 27th 2010 to 8:00 Thursday January 28th 2010. The results of which signified the most radical change in data at Barometer No. 6, based on this reading it was decided to mount the electric barometer at this location as means for comparing the validity of the analog testing.



Reyner Banham once remarked that historically we have controlled our environment in one of two ways, either by avoiding it entirely and hiding under a rock, tree, tent or roof, or alternately through manipulating the local atmospheric conditions surrounding us by building a campfire. The first approach led to a form of architecture that we commonly understand: architecture as shelter, primarily concerned with defining and regulating the boundary between internal and external environments. The second approach was for Banham beyond the purview of architecture: the freedom and variability of the campfire’s boundaries were qualities architecture could not hope to equal.

This design research studio will question Banham’s claim of the limits of architecture. Our primary inquiry will revolve around the question of how architecture itself can be understood as an atmospheric condition. Specifically, we will investigate how natural and artificial atmospheric systems can serve as models for the design, analysis and interpretation of the architecture of urban environments. We will study how atmospheric conditions influence how we relate to and interact within architecture and urban space, as well as how thinking of architecture as a synthetic weather system enables conceiving the construction of urban situations in terms of ambient conditions and atmospheric qualities. At a micro-scale, this involves the sensory qualities of space in relation to visual and haptic modes of perception. At a macro-scale, this involves emergent spatial organizations of uncertain predictability.

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