Maggie Kirk

Maggie Kirk

Margaret Kirk is an architect, artist, author, and academic. She is a current faculty member at Cornell University, having previously taught at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, Pratt Institute, and School of Visual Arts. Her academic courses, as well as her research work, have earned numerous awards and grants, focusing upon transdisciplinary collaboration, computational and performative design, technology, and fabrication. She is the founder and director of the experimental think-tank, Buro Bureau, and editor-in-chief of Venn Design Journal. She currently heads her own firm, office KRK, and co-owns a design build practice, kd +, in New York and California. As a DDes candidate at FIU, Ms. Kirk's personal research lies in developing parasitic architectural responses optimizing the collection agency of integrated technology as a tool for performance, emergence, translation, and production via material systems fused with technology, challenging architectural form, morphogenesis, and history of aesthetic theory.

Wind Visions: Integrating Micro Wind Energy on Building Facades

This research project focuses upon the viability of augmenting urban building facades with small-scale wind generators for micro harvesting renewable energy. Micro energy harvesting from wind can avoid the inherent limitations of traditional renewable generators within dense, urban areas, while developing a performance-based design process within architecture.

The micro energy harvesters developed through this research employ galloping movement for capturing wind energy. Galloping, an aeroelastic instability, entails cantilevering a bluff body (a mass body producing flow or separation of wake), which oscillates in the wind. The energy of the motion is collected by an electromagnetic generator. These devices can be designed to populate and activate surfaces for renewable energy collection en masse across a large area such as a building facade. This project includes evaluating the optimal location and orientation for energy harvesting on building surfaces and sketch proposals for installations in urban areas.