Finite Planet

The collage above represents my interpretation of what the future could be and my vision to make it better. The circular composition focuses on the finite nature of the world resources as they were, with the natural balance of life along with the human intervention of past several years. Its defined edge denotes that it is a finite resource, and if not utilize efficiently, it may not be there for future generations. The blank space of the piece represents a void of opportunities to be filled in with the actions we take from here on, with possibilities to grow, to learn and even to fail. The figures that stand out of the circle show how this natural world is a habitat for the human being, who transforms it through the construction of buildings and comfortable spaces to take shelter from the climate. Currently, this transformation is being done by creating buildings, using materials of high environmental impact, disturbing the balance of nature, and causing serious problems of climate change. My interest focuses on creating comfortable spaces that are in balance with the environment and the society. This way I can positively impact the lives of hundreds of people in my profession as an architect.

Individual Project: Outdoor Comfort Tools Development in Trnsys

Transsolar is constantly developing new thermal simulation tools to improve the comfort of outdoor spaces in a context of global warming, however, the use of these tools is limited by difficulties of ease of use, user interface and partial development of features. Therefore improvements to these workflows are necessary. I am currently supporting the work of Marion Hiller and Christian Frenzel, to further develop the simulation environment for of urban microclimates, transient heat flows and thermal comfort in outdoor spaces using innovative algorithms for climate optimization in cities.
The goal is the improvement of outdoor space simulation tools using the thermal simulation engine TRNSYS and the visual programming platform Grasshopper 3D coupled with TRNlizard, a Python based plugin that allows the parametric control of thermal simulations.
Among the scope of this project we are conducting a parametric sensitivity analysis of the improvements on thermal comfort, as result of using of vegetation in outdoor comfort simulations; the development and improvement of Python modules for TRNlizard plugin; a comparison of simulation results with field measurements on a case study of Bordeauxplatz, Munich; and the publication of the research findings on a scientific journal.

Mentors: Marion Hiller, Christian Frenzel

Pablo Arango – Colombia

Pablo Arango – Colombia

Pablo studied architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on bioclimatic design, construction and BIM at the National University of Colombia (UNAL) in Medellin and achieved Summa Cum Laude in his Architecture Degree. He also volunteered in the SAVIA program through AIESEC Mexico, making an environmental awareness plan for the most polluted city in Mexico, Monterrey.