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Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
I am an MSc student and currently doing a design for a IT Park. The site is located in one of the largest commercial edges in Sri Lanka and the site extent is approx 56 perches. The proposed development is a bioclimatic high rise. Within the design devolepment process it would probably cut down to a low rise building.

At present, I'm trying to figure out a interesting brief in order to make the project more challengable. If anyone has any ideas on the above project, I would be very much grateful to you! Thanks,
T C
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Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
Tilanka,

Bioclimatic? Is this another name for "indoor planting"? If so, what about a high rise design with an atrium on one corner. You could have a jungle on several levels with lianas and tree vines linking all the levels and maybe a small waterflow cascading from one level to the next below and so on. :)
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
Well, I was kind of hoping for a little bit more on that, but thanks anyways.

The thing is I don't want this to be another so called "bioclimatic" beast, which in my perspective is what exactly is happening around the world. They just add a dash of green and call it "green architecture". So, this isn't what I'm looking for. I want to go beyond what is being done.

In fact, I'm not quite sure whether there can be green high-rises at all. It's kind of contradictory, isn't it? Anyway, I appreciate your comments and ideas. Please, do help me, as I think I'm kind of stuck in a theory goo.
T C
Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
Tilanka,

Try a trombe wall design. This uses passive solar energy and natural ventilation processes; combine this with self-contained(*) bio-sphere (**) and you have the future of high-rise.

(*) Note: The scientists have not yet gotten the bugs out of self-contained bio-sphere systems, but it sounds good.

(**) See Science Fiction film "Silent Running" and the Bio-Sphere/Nature Park project in Cornwall, England.

Hmm... "theory goo" sounds like the old joke "When you are up to your waist in alligators, you forget that your original idea was to drain the swamp". :)))
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
Hi Frank,

Thanks for that information. I've googled the topics that you gave me, they sound very interesting. Thanks a lot, it really helped me out.

Anyone else have any bright ideas like Frank's?
T C
Thesis: An IT Park in a bioclimatic skyscraper
Hi,

Since it has been a while since you have started the project, it might be interesting for us to hear the latest developments from you; that way, we can provide relevant and pertinent inputs.

I agree with your point about green high rises not being just high rises with greenery. Assuming a hot and humid climate, I would rather not have a hermatically sealed environment. Maybe you should really look at how the building breathes, how you could use the natural breeze as a cooling element, thereby re-thinking the design of rooms in sky scrapers.

As a student, it is possible to temporarily ignore the question of profit and feasibility in order to develop new ways of looking at high rise design. I would probably study light and ventilation in great detail. Look at how low rise constructions deal with this, and find ways and means to transform this understanding in skyscrapers.

A lot will depend on your faculty, but in this particular case, I would prefer an innovative and possible idea to a dull but profitable building!
Vishwanath Kashikar
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