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Gisela Baurmann
Studio at Princeton University



Masdar City Centre Abu Dhabi


Isobars, Pressure, Composition of the Atmosphere, Sea Surface Level, Temperature, Pressure, Dew Water, Fog Catcher, Dew Collector, Trophes, Valleys, Surface Temperature, Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Circulation Patterns, Heat Transfer (radiative, convective and latent), Interactions, Global Float Array, Trajectory
A climatologist is a scientist who collects and organizes climate data, which is being updated in real time.

Assignment 5


Use rules from crystallography as a start to multiply and connect your detail models. When connecting your details, look for spatial and topological qualities - how does one space transition to the next? What are the neighboring conditions? Ignore scale and measurements, ground, orientation, beginning and end. The focus is on spatial articulation, transition and geometry. We will introduce scale together with the architectural program.

Focus on nurb specific modeling techniques. A process of rebuilding surface constellations as continua is privileged over the additive process of stitching. Work from your Einstein detail model in a process of deformation and rebuilding of surfaces.

Keep track of cv- and isoparm count and optimize the surface resolution. Greater curvature calls for higher resolution, lower curvature for lower resolution - an economy of geometric means emerges. The relation of surface geometry to surface behavior is crucial. Do not over-determine the surface - trust in the inherent 'intelligence' of the curve.

Describe the rule base of your system in diagram and text.


A morphological study is guided by an interest in spatial relations and surface continuity. From a sequence of geometric operations (see 5.3) a ProtoForm emerges. The ProtoForm is in constant flux, its surface geometry is subject to successive articulation and optimization.
Generate a vast field of variation - Proto Design - and select from it a few iterations to be further optimized. Identify spatial qualities, establish topological families and derive from the genealogy a taxonomy of form.

- From the variation field, choose a surface envelope for two main spaces (one is bigger than the other)
- In a second round consider a series of secondary spaces (3-5)

Your word study will guide the process of choosing and optimizing found spatial conditions in the Detail Field.


Using your Field models as well as plan and section drawings, design a work environment of minimal size for a climatologist whose job is to monitor and measure climatic data and constantly update a global database from his/her location on Telegraphenberg in Potsdam.

The climatologists has two tasks, one is the data collection from a given environment of your choice, two is to input this data into a computer accessed by climatologists from different countries/environments.
The climatologist work shift is long (10 hours) and requires concentration - therefore the shift allows several 30 minute breaks to rest and relax. The work node will include a bathroom.
The climatologists have separate living quarters, so the work node is not their private space, nor is it a residential unit. it should be spatially optimized, yet pleasant to be in. Consider not only the relationship of the node to the person, but also its degrees of interiority-exteriority, its material, and structure.

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