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G04-Hacking Torre Baro

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A study of the orography, the elevated terrain of Torre Baro. The Orographic precipitation, also known as relief precipitation, is generated by a forced upward movement of air upon encountering a physiographic upland. This is resulted by the anabatic or upward vertical propagation of warm moist air up an orographic slope caused by daytime heating of the mountain barrier surface. By adding isolation to the surface to create a controlled directional flow of moisture and heat, enabling the typography to act as a machineless greenhouse.

Using tensile structures in the Form finding process enables flexibility and free manipulation of spaces to hack the terrain. In this case, forming an entirely new typography of its own providing the necessary structure for movement of air, humidity and water. These elements are essential for the greenhouse to function in a harmonious manner without the aid of any mechanical elements.

The concept of «Propagation» is dominent in this project. Consequently, the use of propagation for plants, a method of «Horticultural Cloning» using precise cutting techniques. Further exploration of these methods have been proven highly productive for commercial agriculture of various types of produce. This project will demonstrate the integration of propagating plants, natural elements and form to hack nature.




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G4- Aeroponic Propagation and Shaping.


Propagation is a method for developing «Horticultural Clones» using two techniques:Grafting and Budding. This enforces better adaptation qualities, vegetation renewal and correct damaged specimens. While Shaping is altering the structures of trees for asthetics and function. This is acheived by manipulating the roots to adapt to a design. Combining Propagation and Shaping would increase crop yeild while controling the size and direction of the vegitation enclosed in a green house enviroment. The most compatible planting system for this combination is the Areoponic system. This is a process of growing plants in a mist environment without soil or an aggregate medium.

Nutrient throughput :1.5ml/min

Required amount of water to produce a kilogram of tomatoes: 20 liters of water

The optimal pH: 5.8 and 6.3.

Heating/Cooling: 68°F to 90°F (20°C – 32.3°C)

100 % access to the CO2 concentrations ranging from 450 ppm to 780 ppm



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