• 2015 All rights reserved and published by The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Hong Kong. In this research, a system is developed to visualize climate data as a 3D geometry, a climate torus. The system extracts time, dry bulb temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed information. Four points are created on a psychrometric chart using maximum temperature, minimum temperature, maximum humidity, and minimum humidity of a day. A closed curve passing these four points is drawn as a profile curve. 365 profile curves are generated for each day of the year. These curves are rotated along the vertical axis of the psychrometric chart, each at the incremental angle of 365/360, so that these curves rotate full 360 degrees to represent one year period. The system then generates a climate torus by lofting all the curves. Wind speed information is coded on the climate torus as holes. The diameter of the holes denotes wind speed. The climate torus is 3D printed after giving a minimum thickness to the surface. This process was assigned to sophomore architecture students. They showed great interest and gained better understanding of climate responsive design through the task. The climate torus has the future potential of coding more climate elements into it, e.g. solar radiation as colour, precipitation as texture, etc.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2015)

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, C., & Clayton, M. J

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM