As emerging interdisciplinary research in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction characterizes the critical relationships between interscalar urban aerodynamic phenomena and environmental outcomes, novel design frameworks are needed that address fluidic behaviors and aerodynamic performance at multiple system scales and interfaces. Aerodynamic flow control systems modify certain characteristics of the surrounding environment through the use of fluidic rather than formal shaping. Fluid flow control can be engaged as both a bioclimatic design driver and an extension of the building envelope, or mediator between exterior climate and interior conditioned space.
The conventional interface between controlled interior environments and exterior fluid flow is governed by centralized combustion-based machine logics that are no longer concurrent with interdisciplinary understanding of fluidic environmental relationships, and which furthermore contribute substantially to greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of waste heat in cities.
Can we re-shape urban air-flow virtually?
Image: Multi-scalar applications of flow control methodologies for improving air quality indoors and out