SynbioCity: Self-Perpetuating Solar Niche Within The First Shock City

Martin, Craig orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0239-1298 (2009) SynbioCity: Self-Perpetuating Solar Niche Within The First Shock City. In: SASBE 2009 - Proceedings of the 3rd CIB International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 15-19 June 2009, Delft, The Netherlands.

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SynbioCity extends previous studies into solar derived form by Knowles (2000), Yoh (2001), Grooten, S. and Rankin, C. (1998), and Verheijen, M. (1998) by allowing biological expediency to inform and respond to urban contexts born out of non-solar forces. By challenging both the concept of a solar city, an oxymoron in which buildings close together shade each other and thus prevent insolation, and the solar suburbs, which are generally low density and site expensive, the work advances both the understanding of urban sustainability from a bio-analogous perspective and strengthens the architectural knowledge of urban and celestial geometries, the synergy of which are key to true solar city design. <br/>The objectives of this research are to generate a solar community capable of sustaining an inevitable urban population within an existing and site limited Northern European city. Within natural forest systems a fractal shift of scale from the microscopic to the macro encourages specialization, mutualism, and compaction. On this evidence a hybridized hypothesis proposes an equivalent but interpretive shift of scale involving a light stratified forest community in succession and species survival strategies. It would be argued that the implications for a solar society seeking to adapt to both sun and shade environs would be profound, not only at the micro scale where selective glazing systems are now emerging, but also at meso and macro scales i.e. the street and city respectively, making for a highly distinctive and increasingly sought resolution. <br/>Forms generated by this author and students at the Manchester School of Architecture during the SynCity Lab studio workshop display the same faceted dynamism and presence as the futuristic visions of 1930’s illustrator Hugh Ferriss (1929) as well as the intense and contemporary geometries of Rem Koolhaas. By offering sustainable design a new visual language, an expressive and engaging architectural statement can now be made.

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