"Wind is all over, particularly In Gothenburg.
The wind shapes
trees and bushes along the barren west coast, where people have built
their shelters and structures to meet the forces of the wind. Today,
wind engineering is an emerging discipline that increasingly contributes
to the design of our built environment from the envelope of skyscrapers
to the public spaces of our cities.
streamlining expressed the heroic ethos of the 1930’s echoing the
sweeping advances in aviation engineering of the age. Now, we must build
our environment with a minimal footprint and deal with the consequences
of climatic change. Thus, a smart aerodynamic cross section of a tower
can replace tons of structural steel – in a world where severe storm
events occur with rising frequency. At the same time, wind powers more
and more of our energy consumption while expanding our awareness of the
complex phenomena that steer the convoluted relationships between the
forces in the atmosphere and the structures of our built environment.
days, the Gothenburg Karla Tower gradually grows into the sky to become
the tallest building in Scandinavia. Designed and engineered by SOM
along with a large team of collaborating companies the tower deals with
the increasing forces of wind in its high elevation. To overcome the
effects of the wind new knowledge is provided from aeroelastic modelling
of load bearing structures to aerodynamic design of leeward and
comfortable urban spaces.
The webinar will address the advances
in the research of wind design and engineering and practical
application in the built environment by leading practitioners and
researchers contributing within the field: