algorithmic modeling for Rhino



India’s rural landscapes are primary populated by tribal communities. These tribes rely on natural resources for their subsistence’s through rain-fed agriculture, livestock rearing, and use of a wide variety of forest produces.
The increase of the tribal populations has caused extensive land use which has resulted in soil erosion, forest degradation, and reduction of soil fertility in agricultural land; these being the result of constant over grassing, bad agricultural practises and deforestation which give way to the destruction of their unique local biodi¬versity (flora and fauna) breaking the equilibrium of the forest ecology and reducing its resilience.
The destruction of the flora (green Bio-Mass) directly disrupts the already delicate Hydro-Geological conditions reducing the rate of natural underground water recharge capabilities of the soil, therefore every year becoming lower during the monsoon season. As a consequence of this the geology becomes un-stable, also increasing the probabilities of land run-off and flooding.
As a result of all these issues unproductive, eroded and decertified areas emerge. These unproductive home of the tribal settlements has force these people to engage in criminal activities such as illegal tree felling, poaching. Also has forced them to migrate to other areas where there are better economic opportunities, losing important unique local traditional tribal crafts, as well as social, cultural and religious practises as well as increase urban density and overpopulation problems.
The research attempts to investigate and understand the properties, behaviour and performance of different super absorbent polymers called Hydrogels; in order to develop a strategic implementation and deployment of these polymers through the articulation of new material systems and logics that posses sensibilities of local craft and that respond to local climatic conditions; which can temporarily stabilise the disrupted Hydro-geological conditions. Therefore, becoming a catalyst for the re-activation of the hydro-biological cycle, that is essential for the equilibrium of the local forest ecology and also for subsistence of the local settlements.

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Comment by I_M_F [Iker Mugarra Flores] on January 27, 2013 at 10:18am

Hi djordje, Sorry for the late replay, Have been really busy at work with some deadlines...

if you see in my album the image 11_section, it shows that the hydrogel in contained in the bags.

When the the hydrogel absorbs the water and increases in weight it force the system to open.

The bags that contains the polymer are made from 2 types of fabric:

one is permeable fabric (on the outside) and impermeable (in the inside)

so when it opens the permeable Fabric is directly in contact to the soil releasing the moist, and the impermeable fabric will protect the moist from evaporating due to direct sun light, and if you see carefully the final image of the opening sequence the system generates some kind of louvers that can collect any extra water from sporadic rains, optimizing  retention and collection of water...

Comment by djordje on January 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

And these absorbent polymers are held (and released) from those forms you created?





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