Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Parametric Barrier

The approach of this project has to do with a specific event which has been affecting Mexico City recently. The government of the city, instead of funding public transport, decided to develop a second floor on top of an already saturated artery, to give way to cars. This intervention caused several problems, that where certainly not planned before, but this project tries to solve one of these problems. When this highway was planned it was meant to create a ring around the city, the bad planning of the city lead to the growth of the city beyond this never completed boundary, so it became an interior freeway. The buildings which are constructed along this freeway were never prepared to have any sound proof element beyond certain heights, because this second floor was never planned before.

This problem aroused a lot of questions, and the possibilities of creating a model with associative software, which could develop an adequate barrier for any given situation was a perfect opportunity to solve the problem. I would be able to select any given section of this freeway, and create a model which could protect any building within a distance of the freeway, adding parameters like the width of the freeway, its height relation with a specific building, the height of this building, the maximum height of the vehicles allowed in this highway, and the distance between the building and the highway which could be used as guidelines to create a 3d barrier covered with components that would dissipate the sound waves. The Outcome of applying such parameters gives a shape which can adapt to any given repetition as to be used as a basic structure for the barrier. When lofting these shapes we are able to create a surface which protects any given building in any section of a highway, and which can vary if the input parameters such as the building height, the height of the highway, the overall size of the road, the maximum height of the vehicles, or the distance from the building move. The overall size of the barrier is given by another parameter the receptor requires 160 degrees perpendicular to the highway to protect it from any noise, so this parameter related to the distance from the receptor to the highway gives the length of the barrier.

The video shows the different levels of the associative files, first the basic triangulated component, which can be directed to the viewer, second the set of ten components as a main component to apply to the barrier’s surface, next the actual barrier component with the embedded components to apply to the site, arranging four different sections of the triangular components, to break the noise waves with the different angles, and to direct sections of advertisement to the viewer.

On the other hand the budget could be covered by applying a pixilated image to the components of the barrier which can be controlled within a safe distance from the driver on the other side of the road, as to provide a surface for publicity, which could cover the barrier’s expenses, and help regulate advertising campaigns.

Masters Works
IaaC 2007-2008 Thesis
Author: Rodrigo Langarica Avila


Eduardo Miguel said...

Intently looking at to everything posts, coments, projects, aspects technician and the surprise to see a work, congratulations success and a great one really incredible I hug of Brazil!

Rodrigo Langarica said...

thank you very much