Thames Foreshore – London, UK



Existing Thames Foreshore
The Thames foreshore takes many forms, each with its own slope, soil content, inclination, and rise above mean low and man high tides. Formations are initiated each tide cycle and without stabilization are flattened with each rising tide. This research seeks to stabilise and increase the magnitude of patterning toward inhabitable scale spaces for pools to reside.


Seeding and Building
By utilizing a a form of cellular automata , reaction diffusion simulation building through time gave us a means to control and relate context to particulate matter . Here a single seed is propagated into itself and threshold values retained as aggregate
Propagation across the site with vertical build offered interesting solution spaces with respect to tidal rise and fall, but the initial wave form remained intact


Bounding Box Deformation
Extending the initial studies, the bounding box for the reaction is deformed to conform to the topology, foreshore slope, and low tide datum line at the site. Seed points are propagated from the access points to the beach.
Seeding taking place from beach access points on embankment downward along slope geometry toward low tide line. Time-based propagation and vertical aggregation sequence via reaction diffusion material positioning


Foreshore Geometric Development

Studies explore variants of addition and removal of material from reaction diffusion solution space through time to develop strategies for predicting formation scale, propagation, and directionality in a time based building sequence. These explore possible foreshore territories which privilege a graduated tidal landscape comprised of multiple beach like levels dissolved into strands. The hard edge of the embankment is dissolved into a soft edge of varying levels of interface with the tidal Thames.



Credits & Special Thanks

Course Tutor: Shajay Bhooshan – Zaha Hadid Architects

Consultation: Jose Sanchez – Plethora Project


>>References & Further Reading

Reaction Diffusion Research Papers:

>>Alan Turing, “The Chemical Basis for Morphogenesis “. 1952.

>>Jonathon McCabe, “Cyclic Symmetric Multi-Scale Turing Patterns “. 20XX.

>>Lingfa Yang, et all, “Spatial Resonances and Superposition Patterns in a Reaction-Diffusion Model with Interacting Turing Modes ”. 2002.

>>Greg Turk, “Generating Textures on Arbitrary Surfaces Using Reaction-Diffusion “. xxxx.