INFRASONIC: A Material Resonant System

INFRASONIC: A Material Resonant System

 

Abhinav Chaudhary (M.Arch.)

Miguel Escallon (M.Arch.)

Neil Deep Singh Grewal (M.Arch.)

 

2017 – 19

 

In 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude displaced over 6.6 million in Kathmandu, Nepal. Three years later, the country struggles to rebuild its capital.

The aim of this study was to investigate a construction system, produced from locally sourced materials, that can aggregate and deploy as self-built, habitable infrastructure. The study focused on the relationships between material resonance, earthquake-resistant structures, and fabrication processes.

An agent-based form-fi nding algorithm was developed using knowledge acquired through physical prototyping of mycelium-based composites to generate complex geometries that increase earthquake-resistance, optimise material usage, and enhance spatial occupation.

The results show compelling evidence for a construction methodology to design and construct a 3-4-storey building. The scope of work contributes to advancements in bioengineering, confi rming easy-to-grow, light-weight mycelium-composites as viable structural materials for construction.