Third Award | Landscape (Concept)
Clouds as Environment Transformational Tool
Leonardo Da Vinci called clouds “bodies without surface.” They are seen as entities but they are actually groups of countless tiny particles. Clouds emerge without any omen, drift with winds, and disappear. Consequently, human beings usually perceive clouds as something intangible in the air, but in fact clouds come from the ground.
Firm Name: Chung-Wei Lee
Country : United States
The atmosphere, the composition of the air, the type of land cover, and even the human activity configure the shapes and movements of clouds. We all know that the weather and the clouds critically affect our living environments, but we should also keep in mind that “humankind modifies the weather and climate, whether we know it or not”, as Harry Wexler, the head of meteorological research at the U.S. Weather Bureau, reminded other meteorologists in a 1962 speech.
The aim of this design-research project is to attempt to capture the clouds. The invention of satellites and other modern technologies have enabled us to understand more about the capricious clouds through monitoring and research, but we have not yet fully explored the potential of our understanding of nature. By looking at environmental phenomena and different forces that perturb or correlate with each other, the consequences of weather modification and landscape manipulation might be gradually understood. If clouds come from the ground, maybe the marvels of clouds could be literally “built.“
The project attempts to identify the factors that change clouds, examine the consequences of different actions, and, importantly, to rethink the environmental manipulation and the overall outcomes it would bring. It reveals the possibility that the built environment, the artifact of human beings, could play an active role within the natural system. And, if we can build clouds and storms, do we have sufficient reason to create them? Can we foresee the consequences of our godlike operations on this extremely complicated global climate and the local ecology?
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