In fluid dynamics, “transient flow” represents a state of fluid properties which, instead of being in a steady state, change over time thereby becoming non-linear. By this analogy, where in a more traditional logic of information exchange and responsibility matrix an “upstream”/”downstream” flow analogy is applicable, the contemporary project oftentimes displays more of a transient flow behavior.

While we deal with the formal and material complexity of the buildings we help design, we therefore simultaneously need to operate within varying degrees of uncertainty and dynamism in delivery process, organization and information exchange. To aid us in this effort we continuously strive to develop and refine our workflows, so that we may successfully affront organizational as well as formal complexity.

This line of thought will be supported by recent case studies in challenging construction projects for which Walter P Moore has provided engineering consultancy across multiple disciplines.

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Gustav Fagerström

Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and Digital Practice Leader with Walter P Moore, an international company of engineers, architects, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world’s most complex structural and infrastructure challenges. Based in New York, Gustav leads the computational modeling for structural and façade engineering at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science. He has global experience in all stages of projects, having previously practiced with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, UNStudio and BuroHappold Engineering. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas and Asia and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA, FABRICATE and the SmartGeometry conference. Frequently engaging with academia he is presently faculty at Pratt Institute, a consultant at PennDesign and has sat on design juries and lectured at Yale, the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.