CONVERGENCE: MATERIAL ADAPTATION AND INFORMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE
Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel [MSc EmTech AA Dipl RIBA II] (born 1979, İstanbul, Turkey) is an architect, interior architect, principal researcher and board member in OCEAN Research and Design Association (2008) and research fellow at AHO (2008-2012).
Adaptive design is an architectural process by which available materials and local environments are adapted to changing design requirements. In traditional architecture, this process is effective but implicit and slow. Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) lacks common and granular data models, intelligence capabilities and informatics tools that can assist, advance and accelerate it. This information, technology and process gap can be filled with an ontology (MatOnt) tailored for design. The aim of MatOnt is to add a new process to turn CAAD into CAAAD, that is, computer-aided adaptive architectural design. CAAAD’s strategic importance for sustainability-focused research and practice comes from its enhanced ability to access advantageous new or alternative design pathways for targeted architectural development and better customised, localized application and environmental impact. A particular role of this convergence-based biomimetic model and ontology-based informatics tool is to support experimentation. Nested Catenaries is a research-by-design project developed within this framework, which focuses on an adaptation of the convergent trait (catenary) to deliver a property combination that marks an innovation in unreinforced masonry shells.