ARCH 502A: Biomimetics in Architecture

Urban Watershed

I am proposing a new method of facade fabrication that promotes community engagement and takes advantage of the thermal properties of terracotta. The facade components are harvested by participants from a hollow textured clay cylinder using thin wire. No two fragments are identical but they are combined into a cohesive system. The form of the initial volume creates fragments with a slight curve, making them ideal for catching rain. Once a
fragment collects enough water it will tip back into the series of pipes that channel it into a collection tank to be reused in the misting system which provides cooling and irrigation.