Author Archives: James DiMeolo

Cincinnati Transit Hub

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Urban Graft_ with recent urbanization in Asia taking place, rapid growth has caused a decline in spatial qualities of these built environments. “Urban Graft addresses the phenomenon of decline in spatial qualities in developing countries due to rapid urbanization. The proposal analyses indigenous settings for their spatial qualities and attributes. The open spaces and built morphologies in these settings are studied as they are the embodiment of the local socio-cultural and environmental aspects. Analysis of the specified settlements includes conversion of the spatial and organizational aspects into numeric parameters and geometric logics, to be used in the computational design process.” (Cited: Urban Graft)

This analysis focused on continued demographic density while still implementing spatial environment based on pre-existing cities. Allowing for spatial organizations to be the driver social identity can be added within the architectural design to create an urban unfold. “Organizational aspects like spatial hierarchy and open space distribution are also referenced from the local settings to be embedded into the new urban morphology. The research further investigates the possibility of integrating multi-level semi-public spaces in the built form. A logic system is developed incorporating elements of both urban settlements and indigenous settlements to create a design catalogue. This holds built morphologies with variation in density, quality and spaces that can be used for different urban scenarios.” (Cited: Urban Graft)


Breathing Aggregations_The urban heat island and other resulting environmental conditions like smog are problems many cities are faced with. Looking towards nature we can utilize already discover phenomenon’s that different organisms use to combat similar problems. “The urban heat island is the fact that a city tends to be warmer than the surrounding countryside, leading to a number of health-related problems. For a set of chosen criteria concerning the urban heat island, the system is capable of producing neighborhoods with a better performance than existing exemplary neighborhoods. Moreover, these neighborhoods exhibit a set of unique, emergent urban qualities. These qualities will be further elaborated by add-ins to the main system, or derived design systems that perform post-processing operations. Also, a quick exploration will be made into how the resulting volumes of the neighborhood could be developed on an architectural scale.” (Cited: Breathing Aggregations)


Autonomous Infrastructures_Uniting infrastructure into one continuous harmonious form to better harness the abilities of such systems will result in an urban environment with a greater sense of connectivity. Thinking of all infrastructure as one single harmonious unit can create a cohesive system that better serves a city with a deep dependence on renewable energy. “Three types of alternative strategies are explored: solar power, waste-to-energy and passive design techniques, each having specific urban as well as architectural implications. The dissertation includes precedents from different cities worldwide and builds upon relevant research that regards the city as an organic process. In terms of morphology, an algorithmic approach is devised to simulate urban growth, evaluate generated patches, and derive important values concerning resources and infrastructure. Resulting urban tissues recombine multiple social programs with large vehicular flows, pedestrian walkways, public spaces and green areas. The research leads to a system with the potential of generating highly autonomous urban morphologies, adapted to local climatic conditions and social practices.” (Cited: Autonomous Infrastructures)


Adaptive Flux Morphologies_A transit system is thought to be a way of moving people from one area to another. If we thought of transit as an experience with alternating levels of activity along it, we can then assume different architectural solutions for those events and therein creating connectivity to those zones. “An inevitable result of transportation networks is the variation of flow of people across the network. Too often, these flows are thought of simply as an output of a network. The network is created and implemented, and the flows are extracted from the resulting usage. It is very rare to couple flow with morphology in urban design. We suggest a method wherein the flows are predicted and used as inputs into a system that can provide more accurate predictions of the number of people that will be using the network on the global scale and on the more localized scale of individual nodes. In this way, the individual network nodes and their corresponding local networks will reflect the rules of the network within the city. As information is passed from the city scale to the node scale, it is coupled to architectural morphologies on the scale of individual blocks and buildings. Our research utilizes agent based computing as an adaptive, generative tool for creating network solutions. The outputs of this system are evaluated using space syntax software in order to determine their potential effects on the urban context. By extracting flows from this system and coupling them with architectural sections, it is possible to create a connection between the flows generated by an urban scale network and the architectural morphologies of the city itself.” (Cited: Adaptive Flux Morphologies)

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Elena, Javier, Dennis Goff, and Mary Polites. “Adaptive Flux Morphologies.” Architectural Association – Emergent Technologies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.

Chehab, Lemire, and Mohamad Makkouk. “Autonomous Infrastructures.” Architectural Association – Emergent Technologies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.

Leenknegt, Sebastiann, Lei Liu, and Aarathi Muralidharan. “Breathing Aggregations.” Architectural Association – Emergent Technologies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.

Sidnal, Tejas, and Yuchen Wang. “Urban Graft.” Architectural Association – Emergent Technologies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.


E2 Space Syntax

E3 Case Study: Transit Hub

Transportation Hub, Urban Park

The main focus of this transit hub was to place the program pieces of the station and the railroad tracks underground to create a park/pedestrian space at the surface to connect the two parts of the city. Unifying the Railroad and the bus station allows this hub to be the focus of the cities transit system. The circulation of the transit hub is linear following the tracks through the center of the building.


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Wet Grid – James DiMeolo

I focused on the social, environmental and visual connections of the site. Mainly those connecting the higher elevation to the east of the site to the dense urban area to the west. In developing this abstract model further I would like to add more social connections to the casino and surrounding areas.