Thermal atmospheres

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Jolly, Max
Shimizu, Janice
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Honors College
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Current approaches to ecology are dominated by anthropocentric ways of thinking which separate the human experience from the “natural” world. This thesis opposes that philosophy and connects to theories of Dark Ecology to reconfigure the human connection to its larger ecosystem. Theories of climatic amplification suggest a future where energy systems become materials of architectural design, allowing architecture to change the nature in which it defines space. Mass data, in our ever more technological world, provides the leverage for informing unique climate situations. The built environment in this project furthers ecological awareness by way of its active role in its climatic environment.

The thesis is tested within Waverley Station, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The project proposes creating a hyperloop terminal within the existing train station. The hyperloop system will connect Edinburgh to London while collecting user data. The project combines this information with local climate data to inform a responsive rooftop energy park. Latent energies from the existing rail station are collected, reconfigured, and redistributed to power the park through various thermodynamic microclimates. The synthetic roof landscape shifts the ecology between humans and climate from one of control to one of kinetic dialogue.