Transient Systems

Mega events and Olympics in specific, have a lasting impact on the city that hosts them and its population. Problems such as rapid economic inflation, the temporary or permanent relocation of people and resource mismanagement in the form of abandoned venues have occurred when there was a failure to develop a proper urban and architectural strategy for their aftermath.
This research was focused on addressing such scenarios by developing an architectural system that can regulate the long term consequences of mega events. Transient structures were studied in detail because of their ability to offer a degree of control and flexibility throughout their life on both the material and the building scale. An integrated approach was followed to synthesise properties extracted from existing structures and explore emerging technologies to develop a component based system that can be reconfigured for various uses. The design ambition was aimed at creating a folded sheet assembly that allowed for a certain degree of architectural adaptability by extending the life of the structure through its reuse. Aided assembly, in specific Augmented reality techniques were the emphasis of the research because of their potential for relaying construction data and guiding the assembly process.

Team

Antoniya Stoitsova (MSc, Bulgaria)
Spyros Efthymiou (MSc, Cyprus)
Nicolo Bencini (MArch, Malta)
Parantap Bhatt (MArch, India)