Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thesis I-Idea Mapping

Idea Mapping for cloud seeding

Weather and Architecture 

Weather, by definition is the state of the atmosphere at any given time and place.  The conditions of the temperature, pressure, wind, humidity, cloudiness and precipitation are all basic elements of weather that affects daily interactions.  Weather has always been considered a strong opposing force to common activity.  In addition to food and water, it is necessary for man to find shelter to be protected by the elements of weather.  The idea of shelter has evolved to adapt to certain conditions and atmospheres while allowing the building skin to provide an ideal interior condition.  Weather and architecture have a close relationship due to the fight of opposing forces.

A form of weather modification called cloud seeding allows changes to the amount of precipitation that falls from clouds that are intended to increase precipitation, both rain and snow, and suppress both hail and fog.  These advances in weather modifications allow us to take the unpredictability out of the natural weather.  Cloud seeding is used to increase rain in places of drought, reduce hail in thunderstorms, reduce fog at airports and clear the air of pollution.  In other words, weather modification techniques allow access to ideal weather conditions for the good of mankind while eliminating the natural process.  A utopia, by definition, is an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.  These permanent ideal conditions will lead us slowly into the utopian society where our architecture will transform to the new need for enclosure. 

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