Entropy + Statistical Mechanics
The essence of matter is conceived through its micro-scale properties, genetic behaviors, and anatomical traits. An emphasis on material studies in this research framework is based on the premise that architecture operates within a cultural realm, and that culturally-situated building technologies tend to be embedded within a material logic responsive to particulars as opposed to applied mechanical solutions responsive to universals. This material innovation framework focuses on dehumidification systems that offer increased water-holding capacity, mechanical movement, solar modulation, and water-condensate collection by means of passive dynamic environmental response. Hydrogels are one such material technology that exhibit mechanical work upon interaction with water vapor, provide a varying index of refraction, and have the potential to release water condensate, lending to high efficacy systems. Early conceptions of hydrogel dynamics in this research evolved through complementary studies in visualizing viscoelastic molecular entropy (Maxwell relation) and in physically testing sorption properties.