Research group led by Jan Jongert (2012Architecten)
Contemporary interiors increasingly depend on a complex of connecting flows
The researchgroup ‘inside flows’ investigates the specifications and behaviour of these flows to support the development of sustainable designmethods.
Flows are characterised by he fact that they have a performance in time. which means they have an origin and a destination and can be manipulated inbetween. By now we’ve discovered 15 different flows that constitute the ecosystem of our environments. Flows varying from energy, water and food to knowledge, money and users, each of them behaving dfferently and asking for a different approach.
Practical knowledge for application in design and research aswell as the means to represent flow-systems will be subject of research.
Conclusively the research group supports the flow of knowledge within the Master course, providing a knowledgebase/encyclopedia and connecting different students projects by giving acces to the accumulating knowledge from the perspective of flows.
The research groups main aim is to give you effective tools to be able to act inside the real world, for this we want you to become a master of flows.
2. flow representation
3. flow schemes
4. flow based interiors
categorisation of urban flows – in developent (2012Architecten)
2012Architects recognises 15 different flows subdevided in 3 main categories.
The physical level contains all material and energy streams, as well as traffic of cars and trucks, and the buildings present in an industrial park or geographical area. The information layer includes the different types of information that are used in short-term economic decisions, and drives exchange of feedstock, products, utilities and services. The strategic layer includes all private and public stakeholders that decide on and influence the structure of the network.
The table shows the streams ordered from fast (top) to slow(bottom). The flowdivision and structuring is under development and subject to research.
There are many ways of creating flowdiagrams, but so far we found flows best represented by so called sankey diagrams. These diagrams do not only show the relations and directions but aswell the relative volumes passing through. These diagrams help us to understand the performance and allow us to analyse real life situations and interfere with them in our designs. Creating sankey diagrams will be one of our major means of expression.