Port I-filters

The project idea is to integrate an infrastructural system in the port area which can minimize the reach of harmful gases to the city and even convert them to fresh water and energy through special filters which will be implemented in the system. Developing an interactive model responding to changeable parameters and able to adopted to real time data feedback through two different mechanism.

Video link for animation and per-formative model:

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Border Prototype

The aim of the workshop was the construction of a prototype of a single module from the proposal for the studio project: Hyperbordered Port. The important thing was the development of the unit referring to the entire system.

The prototype of the unit was developed in order to study the function of the hydraulic system in the module. The element used for the hydraulic system were the syringes. The syringes were connected such a way that the water pushed in one side was used to lift a surface besides.

The same hydraulic concept was used to build a system of the units. This piece shows the interaction of the modules

This exercise was helpful to understand the function of a unit in order to come back to the project with the same hydraulic concept.

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RS1_Mapping mobility flows and networks_final submission

April, 2012.

Mobility networks, flows and interactions were mapped along the second term of RS1 Emergent territories studio, for the final submission,the approach of the mapping changed from the midterm in means that the scale was reduced, while before, we were studying these inputs in the port but also along the coast, now the site of study was reduced to only the port, after its punctual importance was determined as a part of the whole system which had to be studied in a precise and more acute way.

These flows and networks generate a series of invisible patterns and happen mostly in a infrastructure of visible roads, in this case we identified the different types of movement happening on site, the agents of movement, whether they are people or vehicles, the speed, percentage of occupancy of the infrastructure, and how this oscillates in given timetable of 24 hours. We were able to determine that the capacity of the existing infrastructure is used from a 20% to an 80%, leaving a 20% time gap of opportunity in the mapped hours. Having learned this we now understand how and why the flows are working the way they do, how to intervene or re-estructure them, and how it could become a more efficient network with the use of “urbiotic” technology.

Being the goal to optimize the port, cruise activity, overseas and city activity all into one project, one that introduces the port of the future, where this logistics are no longer limited to the formality/spatiality of the existing port, but become as flexible as required to fulfill the needs its serving.

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RS1_Direction and mobility_Midterm

March, 2012.

Fort this presentation the research topic had evolved from studying mobility and flows to something that could be measured in a more precise way, our first approach was to measure the density, fluidity, timetables and places where the people are “directing” to, we were enthusiastic about the idea of understanding by means of data and patterns what is drawning the agents of study, in this case, people, and vehicles, apart or together, to understand the capabilities and implications that a program and certain types of infrastructure have, and how the “swarm intelligence” was reacting to these attractors or repellers, not only on site, but along the coastline and nearby attractors to the port, and to begin to think of a port where the programs could stretch along the whole coast line of Barcelona, in a responsive to data influx manner.

Devyani Gupta. Farshad Mehdizadeh. Maria Elena Amescua

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RS1_First Observation of the site

January, 2012.

Our first impression of what was happening on the site, and how we understood it, had to be represented in a short video, where our interest in researching a specific line of information/topic had to be chosen and shown in this manner. We were attracted right from the beginning to the “dynamics” of the site, the logistics of how a cargo port and a cruise terminal work, and what these two separate programs which are working in conjuction with the city imply.

Our interest for the “moving things” was born at this point, and was explored deeper in future submissions, we understood we needed to map mobility networks and interactions in order to understand fully the logistics of the port and then determine if these flows should be kept or could be re-structured and fit new programs on site, a new type of port maybe? the port of the future?

Devyani Gupta (India)- Farshad Mehdizadeh (Iran) – Maria Elena Amescua (Mexico)

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