Project C

Adaptive architecture can play a large role in the development of the urban landscape.  The fabric structure of a building can be adaptive and react to various conditions of the natural and artificial world.  The fabric structure of Project 1 deals with the wind that is accelerated by the urban landscape and works visually to show the effects of the wind on the structure. The adaptively of the panels allows the conditions of the natural wind patterns to dictate the façade treatment pattern.  This approach can be used in many multiple facets of design with many different driving factors in any location.  For example, the way that sunlight, temperature, noise, or view affect the space can all serve as a driving force of architecture that adapts as a reaction. Fabric is what allows for the flexibility that leads to adaptive architecture.  Fabric structures can move, twist, open and close, and then return back to their original position in ways that traditional materials cannot.  By designating fabric structures in to an archetype, designer could make used of this material in order to accommodate the desire for a more adaptable architecture that reacts to its environment.

Through the development and use of fabric structures, evolutions in this type of building would continue to allow for more adaptability to the urban landscape.  The nCloth tool in AutoDesk Maya, allows for easy control of the fabric structure as well as presents the material in a realistic light that enables the user to experience real world reactions in a fabricated environment. Constraints act as pins that can simulate a pinned, hinged, or fixed connection. Also collisions allow real life interferences play out on the computer screen.  The nCloth also allows for the varying materials to be used and experimented with.  Fabric structures also allow for pre-engineered structures to be individually designed to suit the needs of the urban landscape.  Adaptive architectural uses allow the changing of the structure to respond to the desires of not only the environment, but also the people who inhabit the structure.  By reacting to the environment and the conditions of the urban landscape, the fabric structure can only be sustainable, but also positively affect the way the users of the building experience the building.  Through building flexibility and dynamic fabric structures, designers can provide the urban landscape with active and responsive buildings that not only interact with nature but also provide the best space for its occupants.


  1. Dina, I think you do a good job outlining why FABRIC is the best choice of material for your building goals:

    (1) Visually responsive to wind

    (2) Fabric can twist and return to original shape (to adapt to environment or desires)

    as you finalize your design and poster, make it clear that you KNOW fabric is the best choice for the goals you set and you will have a compelling argument, especially since you are the only one I believe dealing with WIND and it’s interesting that your design should hinge on visually seeing the wind’s effect on your fabric.

  2. Timothy Perkins

    Hey Dina! I see that you’re following adaption to wind flow. I am interested in not only how the building can adopt to wind patterns, but also about who it can perhaps re-direct wind into some sort of generative device. Are there adaptive methods of utilizing wind as an energy source?

  3. Kate Bogenschutz

    I think Tim raises a good question: “Are there adaptive methods of utilizing wind as an energy source?” This could be an interesting jumping off point for your project. What if traditional wind turbines were integrated into the facade? Using the fabric of the structure to purposefully form wind tunnels that funnel through the building into turbines that then power the building. It could be interesting to see how you could use a structure to make more wind instead of less