Interior Weather (25 May)

The interior of most buildings employ climate control systems made to sense and nullify whatever weather systems emerge outside. Working with Up2Metric, a company specializing in 3D scanning and sensing, I have developed a system which is made to produce a weather condition inside of a building. The interior weather system is made to create chaotic and realistic weather systems in those spaces designed to negate them. It’s made to draw a link between the body, building, and the atmosphere. 

Those air quality control sensors usually used in climate control are now used to activate a humidifier, a dehumidifier, heater, and air conditioner. These four devices correspond to four axes present in humorism. Humorism is a classical concept of medicine in which good health is characterized by a balance of four liquids that comprise the body: yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. Humorism links the interior conditions of the body with those conditions in the natural environment. 

In conversation with Craig Martin, professor at Ca’ Foscari writing a global history of the wind, I learned that medical treatises written in response to the 15th century plague included advice on which windows to open and when. Each wind has a certain quality related to one of the four axes; the alpine Boras winds falling from the North onto Venice are known to be cold and wet. The southern Scirocco winds are known to be hot and dry. Each could help bring the body back into balance.

Contributed by: Haseeb Ahmed