Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems

Khoo,CK, Salim,F and Burry,J 2011, Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems, International journal of architectural computing, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 397-419, doi: 10.1260/1478-0771.9.4.397.

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Title Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems
Author(s) Khoo,CKORCID iD for Khoo,CK
Journal name International journal of architectural computing
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 397
End page 419
Total pages 24
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
Place of publication Brentwood, Eng.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1478-0771
Summary This paper discusses the issues of designing architectural skins that can be physically morphed to adapt to changing needs. To achieve this architectural vision, designers have focused on developing mechanical joints, components, and systems for actuation and kinetic transformation. However, the unexplored approach of using lightweight elastic form-changing materials provides an opportunity for designing responsive architectural skins and skeletons with fewer mechanical operations. This research aims to develop elastic modular systems that can be applied as a second skin or brise-soleil to existing buildings.The use of the second skin has the potential to allow existing buildings to perform better in various climatic conditions and to provide a visually compelling skin. This approach is evaluated through three design experiments with prototypes, namely Tent, Curtain and Blind, to serve two fundamental purposes: Comfort and Communication. These experimental prototypes explore the use of digital and physical computation embedded in form-changing materials to design architectural morphing skins that manipulate sunlight and act as responsive shading devices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1260/1478-0771.9.4.397
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
120302 Design Innovation
120304 Digital and Interaction Design
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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