The Plaza Atrium project reconsiders how design can be impacted by human behavior. The building atrium’s glass showcases a dynamic visualization that is driven by the behavior of its plaza visitors below. In this way, the plaza and the building atrium form a unique and ever-changing dialogue where each influences the other.
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UpWalk: Building A Collaborative City
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The Plaza Atrium project reconsiders how design can be impacted by human behavior. The building atrium’s glass showcases a dynamic visualization that is driven by the behavior of its plaza visitors below. In this way, the plaza and the building atrium form a unique and ever-changing dialogue where each influences the other. The plaza itself becomes an interactive area that communicates with the building’s visualization which can be seen by people at both the exterior and interior of the building. The atrium incentivizes people to visit this plaza while also helping those people within the building’s interior to feel connected to the exterior in an entirely new way – through the glass visualization. By understanding how one’s behavior can influence a building design, people can become more aware of the effects of their behavior upon the environment, whether built or natural.
As a concept design, the Upwalk project explores how an architecture can nurture city citizens to engage in collaborative urban activities. Functioning as a type of beacon, the Upwalk building atrium allows people to visualize their activities along with their impact on the city as a whole. As city citizen activities change over time, so too will the atrium data visualization of the Upwalk building. This research project explores the question “Can an architecture be designed to help city citizens collaborate at macro scales?” By integrating the citizen data visualization within the Upwalk building design (in addition to an app, for instance), it becomes possible to simultaneously create an urban landmark that responds to the ever-changing urban culture. This design concept project aims to inspire new kinds of architecture that nurtures both occupants within a building, as well as those citizens inhabiting its exterior urban context to create new forms of collaboration within cities.