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Fluid Design

Van Uffelen, Vincent, von Jungenfeld, Rocio (2019) Fluid Design. Lo Squaderno, (52). pp. 55-60. E-ISSN 1973-9141. (KAR id:73958)

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Design is an inherently fluid process, that intrinsically has to remain open to be shaped by contexts and constraints and that, once applied in its many variations, extrinsically can influence the flows of matter, life, information, and energy that make up urban space. However, to design the city means to intervene with an irrepressible environment that is rhythmically changing and in constant flux. As, given enough time, nothing in the city remains as is, materials decay, fluids flow in and out, people stop by or die, thoughts sink into oblivion, and energy just dissipates. Designers might have to acknowledge their impermanent impact and focus their efforts on influencing the flows that are mostly out of their control. Fluid design is a proposal to add relationships, process, flows, and patterns to the traditional design concerns of form and meaning. And suggests, not only, that actions inspired by water management and electromagnetic wave theory, such as blocking, spreading, sinking, amplifying, dampen, modulating, or diffracting, could be used to continually shape the flows that make the city. But, also that analysing the urban fabric from a systemic perspective and seeing it as ecosystem that can be influenced by changing its underlying flows and structures, gives designers a powerful new toolkit to influence the further development of cities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
N Visual Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Rocio von Jungenfeld
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 13:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:04 UTC
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