Designing Resilient Buildings with Emergent Materials

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Abstract

This paper looks at two distinct approaches to kinetic façades and smart building assemblies reminiscent of designs for the Institut du Monde Arabe and for Hoberman's Simon Center. The first approach uses Arduino microcontroller-guided kinetic components with a distinct assemblage of elements, each performing a dedicated function such as sensor, actuator, or logical processing unit. The second approach incorporates custom-designed smart materials-shape memory alloys (SMAs)-that not only complement or replace the need for electrically operated sensors or actuators, but also eliminate a microcontroller, since in this arrangement the material itself performs computational functions. The paper will discuss case studies that use physical computing and smart-material models as vehicles to discuss the value of each approach to adaptive design in architecture. Building on these observations, the paper looks into conceptual aspects of an integrated hybrid system that combines both computation approaches and unique opportunities inherent to these hybrid designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFusion
EditorsEmine Mine Thompson
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages179-184
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789491207068
StatePublished - 2014
Event32nd International Conference on Education and research in Computer aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2014 - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 10 2014Sep 12 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume2

Conference

Conference32nd International Conference on Education and research in Computer aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne
Period9/10/149/12/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Education
  • Architecture

Keywords

  • Adaptable designs
  • Arduino microcontrollers
  • Programmable matter
  • Shape memory alloys (SMAs)
  • Smart materials

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