Air-to-Water Metabolic Systems
Conventional building design consists of a structural system, a mechanical system, a floor plate ratio relative to spatial configuration, and a building enclosure. Typical building design processes are based on classical thermodynamic models, which separate environmental resources and controls from the structural, spatial, and material conditions of architecture. The proposition for air-to-water metabolic systems incorporates a physical theory incorporating passive and active air-exchange processes integrated with structural morphology and utilizing an ecological efficacy metric to determine overall building morphology. In particular, this design research focuses on the building envelope aspect for innovative models of environmental resource metabolism. In contrast to existing models based on the first law of thermodynamics (conservation of energy), this shift in organizational schemes for effective metabolic and thermodynamic processes postulates architecture based upon the second law of thermodynamics and an evaluative premise of holistic entropy.