Technical Studies Abstract

Technical Studies Thesis

“ Regeneration has to do with rebirth of life itself. A regenerative system provides for continuous replacement, through its own functional period, of the energy and materials used in its operation.
                                                        Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, John Tillman Lyle

The current one-way throughput system, like most human inventions but unlike nature’s recycling material flows, has a linear time dimension built in with a descending curve; Eventually a one-way system destroys the landscapes on which it depends.

An immediate study should be carried about the continuity and what after 2030 with the current Thames Barrier as a new barrier at the down stream is being discussed.

To introduce a connecting structure on the River Thames and the future requires – Light material with flexibility to (a) tidal changes (demand), (b) water traffic (supply & demand) and (c) transhipment (supply & demand).

To resolve this, the technical design process has been split into four main parts:

1.1 Connection Strategy

To determine a means of developing solutions of connection between the north (Silvertown) and the south (Charlton) cope with on going development shift by new Thames barrier.

1.2 Material Strategy

looks at what is available in the Silvertown and Charlton right now and speculates on how what is available can be compounded into new possibilities of materials able to withstand water level and tidal changes. Currently there is a recycled concrete industry happening in Charlton. The typology and availability of materials will then determine any subsequent strategies.

1.3 Structural Strategy

looks at how materials can be implemented into a structural system which can implement with tidal and water traffic in the building system. The structural strategy also looks at the flexibility of materials in tidal areas and tests compounds of materials to develop a potential floating, movable and stretchable structural system withstand changes of the River Thames.

1.4 Time Strategy

will produce a method of building able to be cope with the time changes between tidal, water traffic and social schedule in the area.

1.5 Supply & Demand (Feedback Loop) Strategy

will run parallel to the cycles of waste management system along the River Thames and how the site, structure become the middle node of a feedback loop with resources transhipment.

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