The eco-envolventes group at Universidad de Piloto recently acquired hourly, climatic data for the last ten years from hundreds of weather stations around Colombia. Previously only data from a single weather station (Bogota) was openly available. Computationally driven, climate responsive design was complicated as the country experiences a huge range of climatic conditions within relatively small distances. These variations are due to a combination of the tropical location, changes in altitude due to the Andes, coastal exposure to both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea and the influence of the South American land mass. The combination of a lack of climatic data and the geographic context mean that basic, well documented low-energy bioclimatic design strategies (Olgyay, 1963, Givoni, 1976) are underutilised in the region. 

Our goals for the workshop are to work collaboratively with participants and to explore the data and seek new ways of understanding the relationships between human comfort, climate and low-energy design strategies. This is immediately applicable to Colombia but extends to other tropical regions that have similar climatic and topographic conditions and data availability constraints. Particularly we aim to give participants the opportunity to develop new dynamic visualization tools, accessible to specialist and non-specialist audiences that lead to a better understanding of climatic data and the built environment. 







Tristan Kershaw
University of Bath 
United Kingdom



Roland Hudson 
Universidad de Piltoto Bogota 



Architect and M.Eng in Computational Design.




Participants will need some basic experience in writing code and scripts in at least one of the following:
- Processing
- D3 and Javascript
- Grasshopper
- ThreeJS and Javascript


The workshop is structured around 6 hands-on working sessions where participants will access the climatic data and develop visualisations that hopefully lead to knowledge discovery. Complementing these sessions, the organisers will give demonstrations of the tools and visualisation techniques developed by their research group and practical tutorials in data visualisation and mining methods that respond to participant skills. An open discussion at the start of the second day aims to identify longer term issues and possibilities related to the data and human comfort in the built environment in tropical regions. Each day ends with participants sharing the results of their work during informal after dinner discussion sessions.


Architects, climate engineers, students & academics






DAY 1 : 


- Introduction, background to the project, data, tools and possibilities
- JSON climate format
- Coffee
- Hands-on 1 – Parsing JSON into format for use in specific tool
- Lunch
- Hands-on 2 – Filtering and Mining use statistics and look for patterns
- Combining data with geographic locations
- Break
- Hands-on 3 – Representation
- Visualisation and colour scales
- Dinner
- Presentation climate classification systems for human comfort
- Informal tool / visualisation demos with participants


DAY 2 :


- Discussion, possibilities, difficulties and potential killer applications
- Coffee
- Hands-on 4 – refining
- Lunch
- Hands-on 5 – interaction
- Break
- Hands-on 6 – refining
- Dinner
- Informal tool / visualisation demos with participants
- Closing comments