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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?

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David Menicovich, Nina Al-Sharify, Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Chris Letchford, Michael Amitay, Ajith Rao, Justin Shultz, Teresa Rainey, Ning Xiang, Phoebe Mankiewicz, Andreas Theodoridis.

Growth Media Design (2021)

Growth Media Design Within Building-Integrated Green Infrastructure Impacts Indoor Air Bioremediation Performance and Carbon Dioxide Flux Through Water Availability and Plant Development Patterns

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Aleca Borsuk, Christina Ciardullo, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In preparation 2021)

Submitted to ASHRAE Journal (2021)

Indoor Environmental Parameters: Considering Measures of Microbial Ecology in the Characterization of Indoor Air Quality

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In review 2021).

Proceedings of BS2021. Building Simulation 2021, Bruges (2021)

"Distributed sensing for indoor environments: Comparing measured and simulated indoor airflow data for complex commercial building interiors"

Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Anna Dyson + Mohamed Aly Etman (In review 2021)

Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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David Menicovich, Nina Al-Sharify, Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Chris Letchford, Michael Amitay, Ajith Rao, Justin Shultz, Teresa Rainey, Ning Xiang, Phoebe Mankiewicz, Andreas Theodoridis.

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NYSERDA, NYCDDC, NSF, NYSTAR

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Phoebe Mankiewicz, Aleca Borsuk, Christina Ciardullo, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In preparation 2021)

Growth Media Design (2021)

Growth Media Design Within Building-Integrated Green Infrastructure Impacts Indoor Air Bioremediation Performance and Carbon Dioxide Flux Through Water Availability and Plant Development Patterns

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In review 2021).

Submitted to ASHRAE Journal (2021)

Indoor Environmental Parameters: Considering Measures of Microbial Ecology in the Characterization of Indoor Air Quality

Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Anna Dyson + Mohamed Aly Etman (In review 2021)

Proceedings of BS2021. Building Simulation 2021, Bruges (2021)

"Distributed sensing for indoor environments: Comparing measured and simulated indoor airflow data for complex commercial building interiors"

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Michael Amitay, Peter Stark, Ajith Rao, Edward DeMauro + David Menicovich (2015)

U.S. Application No. US20150308103A1

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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. 

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