Responsive materiality for morphong architectural skins

Khoo, C and Salim, F 2013, 'Responsive materiality for morphong architectural skins', in P. Beesley, O. Khan and M. Stacey (ed.) ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, Canbridge, Ontario, 21-27 October 2013, pp. 243-252.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Responsive materiality for morphong architectural skins
Author(s) Khoo, C
Salim, F
Year 2013
Conference name ACADIA 13: Adaptive Architecture
Conference location Canbridge, Ontario
Conference dates 21-27 October 2013
Proceedings title ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Editor(s) P. Beesley, O. Khan and M. Stacey
Publisher Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Place of publication Delaware, United States
Start page 243
End page 252
Total pages 10
Abstract This paper presents the design of a novel material system with sensing, form-changing and luminous capacities for responsive and kinetic architecture. This aim is explored and evaluated through an experimental design investigation in the form of an architectural skin. Through experimentation with alternative materials and a rigorous process of designing the responsive material systems,a new architectural skin, namely Blanket, emerged from this research. The newly developed responsive material system is an amalgamation of silicone rubbers and glowing pigments, molded and fabricated in a prescribed way-embedded with shape memory alloys on a tensegrity skeletal structure to achieve the desired morphing properties and absorb solar energy to glow in the dark.Thus, the design investigation explores the potential of the use of form-changing materials with capacitance sensing, energy absorbing and illumination capabilities for a morphing architectural skin that is capable of responding to proximity and lighting stimuli. This lightweight, flexible and elastic architectural morphing skin is designed to minimize the use of discrete mechanical components. It moves towards an integrated "synthetic" morphing architecture that can sense and respond to environmental and occupancy conditions.
Subjects Architectural Design
Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Digital and Interaction Design
Keyword(s) next generation technology
responsive material system
morphing architectural skin
kinetic structure
physical computing in architectural design
sensing and luminous material
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