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Prasiolite State - part I - Unstoppable Force

Updated: Feb 12

Project Title: Prasiolite State

Condition: Done

Date: 05/2017

/ Prasiolite State, or a "Green Crystals of Bangkok" is an experiential, experimental and ecological architecture project done by Chulalongkorn university undergraduate, Settawut Leenavong. The project explores the characteristic of crystal formation, polygons and various connection of molecular joints.

Prasiolite takes the inspiration from the name of green crystals which form inside the gas cavity of lavas. The exterior hard shells were able to protect the enclosed interior from the intervention of physical environment. However, the intangible forces called heat was able to penetrate through the rock and create a reaction which forms the magnificent colored crystals that are all unique across the crystal-bearing rocks.

The word prasiolite means "scallion green-colored stone"

The project aims to explore the environment readings in numbers to assist in finding the disparity in design experience which may have an essential value on the future of architecture. As well as to implement and utilize technology in design and construction like capturing sensor value, integrate computer-aided design technique and using digital fabrication in manufacturing production. All of which assists one another to create a fresh and smart design system in modern Architecture.

The project starts by capturing values in the site analysis. The intangible data readings were collected through different sensor types by the Arduino hardware such as the MQ-7 and AM2302, use to capture CO and humidity level. The data then transferred into a spreadsheet and 3D software to be compiled and analyzed in the further design process.

Site wind flows analysis; Intensity and directions by altitude

The intensive force analysis shows carbon monoxide intensity, ambient noises, heat radiation, temperature, humidity level, and wind intensity in Sathorn region of Bangkok which is among the most extreme bottleneck part of the city

The analysis of the surveyed data allowed us to pinpoint directly the part of the city that has high carbon monoxide exposure risk. It also differentiates wind flow and ventilation level, which may coincide with the density of trapped gases. In addition, readings revealed the disturbance of ambient noises in certain regions. All of which can cause overall negative disruption to the resident. /

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