This video contains two lectures given by Carolyn Dry, covering many of the same topics but presented at different times. In speaking of her approach she asserts her interest in an architecture that is not about form, but is more about the processes that generate the form. Her research looks at existing systems and tries to find ways to intervene strategically in order to drive a desired form, which she has applied to projects for clients such as NASA and the United States Navy. Her specific areas of research include building with plant and earth materials, studying and working with the inherent intelligence of existing environmental systems. Her research group, Natural Process Design focuses on developing an architecture in which humans assist, but the form is a result of activating a process in nature.
Video Archive | Carolyn Dry (2)
The image at the beginning is dark and faint. Introduced by Glen Small, Carolyn Dry presents a selection of her work and research, and discusses the concepts driving the development of each. She argues that the primary issue architects should be addressing today is the relationship between technology and ecology. She presents a port design for the Office of Naval Research, for which she developed a system for lifting that is appropriate for the ocean. A project for UCLA helps reintroduce life back into desertified areas using available materials in combination with a variety of applied coatings for insulation and protection against erosion. She also discusses a project for NASA in which she researched ways of creating a habitat for the space shuttle based on how the earth’s magnetic field provides protection from solar wind and flares.