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Prasiolite State - part I - Unstoppable Force

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

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 connections 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 the 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 techniques, and using digital fabrication in manufacturing production. All of which assist one another to create a fresh and smart design system in modern Architecture.

The project starts by capturing data values in the site analysis. The intangible numeric readings were collected through different sensor types by the Arduino hardware such as the MQ-7 and AM2302, use to capture carbon monoxide (CO) and humidity levels. 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 the 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 levels, which may coincide with the density of trapped gases. Besides, 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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