Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Intergration and Inhabitation

The point system with laminating surfaces as an architectural formation

The system we are proposing is a system of lamination that provides surfaces (or spaces) for Mongolian nomads to inhabit, and at the same time enables mobility for their seasonal migratory pattern. However, rather than following the traditional opportunistic seasonal movements, the lamination surfacing system takes place at several stationary points on the selected study sties.

Research we found indicates that in historic and current situation, nomadic families often gathered in group and move seasonally in the radius of 30 to 60 miles for at least twice a year in search for a better pasture.
Winter camps are located in areas that are naturally sheltered from wind and are equipped with barns for the animals to stay for the night. Therefore, the lamination surfaces are proposed to be situated on different parts of the sites on our study area, depending on the seasonal and the geographic conditions (summer camp on a flat site, spring and winter camps on more sloped sites).

These laminated surfaces, being elevated from the existing ground, integrate (or extend) materially and ecologically from the landscape. The preserved existing ground accommodates Nomads' gers or their permanent winter shelters, and the new laminated surfaces can be used for herding, and collecting moisture from the winter snowfall and stabilizing the soil. On the other hand, the ability for the laminated surfaces to be revitalized during the off-season is one of the keys to the system.

The architectural system is a polymorphic multi-angle structure that it will be located in the designated sites of the nomadic movement.
The proposed polymorphic structure is one of those structures that differ in shape and geometry, and which may exhibit more than one stable shape in their final form. The polymorphic structure will be mulatto stable to improve performance, in the sense that global shape changes are possible and as such, will have an enormous potential in the field of adaptive nomadic life. The structure will provide a secure habitation environment for the nomadic people, where the space of inhabitation will be between the direct registration of a conceptual condition and a material one. This is possible done, because the proposed structure will be self sustained, and it will operate as a mean for the manipulation of the wind, and the collection of the water from the melting snow during the spring time.

The manipulation of the wind will prevent the distribution and transportation of the sand particles, by salutation and suspension, in the surrounding area which are the major cause for the advancement of desertification. This is done by the creation of a skin or structure with multiple angular planes which will have a high degree of flexibility but at the same time they can form a rigid structure.
The planes will create a path for the movement and redirection of the wind which will cause the protection of the surrounding area by elevating and manipulating the wind to smaller waves of flow. The collection of the water will be done by the same method of redirection and movement.

The proposed structure will be self adjusted based on the climate conditions at that particular time and the needs of the nomadic people.

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