Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kinetic Architecture - Arquitectura Kinetica By Jose Leonidas Mejia Architect


Few projects in mid XX century brought interest on moving structures in a simple way like The Space Needle in Seattle since 1962,The Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany with the retractable roof, between others. Now, in 1989 when I recently became a licensed architect, I consolidate a design concept that I denominated " Kinetic Architecture", originally I called in Spanish language "Arquitectura Kinética" ( 1989 ) with the purpose to explore in a wide way a deepen content for the concept where more than just a simple retractable or rotating building were involved, It had a real challenge to transform the building in a multiple displacement of the whole structure which was rare in that 1989. In fact, the term I created : Kinetic Architecture is a parallel invention without acknowledging that in 1970 professor Suck had same name for the term. It was a true invention of the term by me in that time and will defend it forever. There was no internet in 1989, so the term "Kinetic Architecture" was unknown in most part of the world. In my former region, Colombia, South America, there was no such studies on the theme nor even mentioned among my friends or colleagues, in fact, the first time I mentioned the concept sound intriguing, but I kept exploring Kinetic Architecture in depth, so I decided to design a project that I called: The Arkinetic House,which along the years,I improved in great extent. New features I added way back 2008 when studying Environmental Systems in College and implemented renewable energy, gray and storage rain water systems into my project. (see plan 1).
Now,in my conversation with Prof. Zuk from the USA mentioned that he and Prof. Roger Clark wrote a book in 1970 entitled "Kinetic Architecture". That book was unknown in the world and was unknown in 1989. Then in 2010 I talked with Prof. Gerald Udell, he is the Director of the Innovation Institute in Missuri, USA and agreed with me on the fact that parallel inventions occur even in different times and he said that in my case is a true fact that I did created the concept "Arquitectura Kinetica"( Kinetic Architecture )since 1989 because technology and global information was limited, Internet was not even invented in that time, plus the fact that I created the term in Spanish language "Arquitectura Kinetica" and for being in a far away country made solid my reasons to keep pride on the uniqueness of my term invention, especially because of the experimental project I am working right now: "The Arkinetic House".
Now, my definition of the concept is as follows:
" Arquitectura Kinetica" , " Kinetic Architecture" is the property of a building to respond to changing conditions such as use, aesthetic or environmental factors that would alter architectural form. The use of robotics, mechanics and electronics fed by renewable energy are being better known as new approaches into its architectural possibilities.
As I said above, I am working on the design of a experimental project that I denominated "The Arkinetic House", exploring new features to move its structural elements in all directions using my invention of MDS Multiple Displacement of Structure, which is a real transformation of the building each day.
Renewable energy sources will feed the project in different ways, especially by enduring the environment.
This project will be built in mid future and its patent will be release once all processes get done.
I am doing an invitation to all students at the school of architecture around the globe to improve new ideas on kinetic architecture and o feel free o contact me at any time.

11 comments:

  1. I had the same idea too...great

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  2. I'm an architecture student in Wellington, New Zealand and am focussing a half year project on the idea of reactive/kinetic architectre and would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. If you had the time an email to hansenpaul@myvuw.ac.nz would be fantastic. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Dear Paolo,
      Sorry for the delay of this message but I would like to hear from you on Kinetic Architecture by formulating questions to me at any time.

      Best,
      Jose L. Mejia A.
      joseleonidasmejia@msn.com

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  3. I'm a researcher in Alexandria, Egypt. My master's thesis is about "Kinetic Architecture". It is an interesting subject. Individual examples could be found since 1903.. It will be great to share thoughts.. If you like you can mail me on soha_fouad4@hotmail.com It will be nice hearing from you and good luck with your project

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    1. Dear Soha,
      How your master thesis went?, I see you wanted to explore kinetic architecture in your project. I have been working on my Arkinetic House and hope you can contact me at any time to discuss further actions on the theme.
      Best,
      Jose L. Mejia A.
      joseleonidasmejia@msn.com

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  4. I am a final year student of Architecture. My final B. Tech. Arch. project will involve basic concepts of your "Arquitectura Cinética". I am very much interested in this field. Thanks for sharing ...

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    1. Dear Cypha,
      Please feel free to contact me at : joseleonidasmejia@msn.com
      You can formulate any questions on Kinetic Architecture and see how that goes. Let me know how was your final B. Tech.Arch project 2010 and share ideas on that would be fantastic.
      Best,
      Jose L. Mejia A.
      Architect

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  5. I am currently doing the master of architecture degree in Australia, and am personally interested in the aspects of smart materials and intelligent/responsive building. It would be great if you can email me with further information or any progress about the project. My contact is kaiwkcso@hotmail.com.

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    1. Dear Sonie,
      Please feel free to formulate any questions to me even if you ready have finalized your master. I would like if you send me some information about your project on Intelligent/responsive building way back 2010, so we can share ideas together.

      Sincerely yours,
      Jose L. Mejia A.
      Architect

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  6. hello sir. i'm in my final year of architecture school and my final thesis proposal consists your idea. it would greatly help me if you would email me so that i can also email you my questions regarding the subject. i hope for your possitive response. jasonkeanehagadfernandez@yahoo.com

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    1. Dear Jason,
      I ready sent to you past sunday July 28, 2013, the answers to your questionnaire on Kinetic Architecture. Hope that helped you some how. If you request more information on Kinetic Architecture, please feel free to do so.
      Best,
      Jose L. Mejia A.
      Architect

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