Strange Weather I

Architecture has traditionally had a direct relationship with weather: that of keeping it out or accommodating fair weather. But can the weather offer any new and generative directions for architecture?

To measure the subtle microclimates present in all spaces, a device carrying a series of thermometers takes instant temperature readings at vertical one-foot intervals. The data is transformed into thermographs--contour drawings of the temperature variations.

A second thermographic device was made to directly translate the temperature readings into visual form. The thermometers, placed in a one-foot grid three wide and six high, are connected to a ruled system of gauges. The discrepancies between the readings produce a physical displacement of the brass pistons. The form that results is a thermally derived landscape: a thermoscape translation from fluctuating micro-climates.

 
Meteorological data is often collected at the large scale; what happens at the architectural scale?
 
The translation of weather data can be in the form of a contoured landscape for legibility
 
A thermometric device, with eight thermometers at one-foot intervals captures the subtle microclimates of an aluminum and glass enclosure on a cold winter night
 
The aluminum and glass enclosure reveals thermal profile of various materials
 
A second thermographic device, with probes laid out on a grid, directly translates temperature discrepancies into a perpetually variable landscape--a direct-read thermoscape
 
Detail of sliding metric bar with brass pistons
 
Direct-read thermoscape