Designing Kinetics for Architectural Facades: State change

Moloney, C 2011, Designing Kinetics for Architectural Facades: State change, Taylor and Francis, Oxon, United Kingdom.

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Title Designing Kinetics for Architectural Facades: State change
Author(s) Moloney, C
Year 2011
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Subjects Architectural History and Theory
Summary Architecture has typically resisted kinetics, but with advances in dynamic screens and animated surface there are new opportunities for designers. This book examines the architectural facade, to identify a latent aesthetic within contemporary practice. How might precedent from architecture and the arts inform this new field? What are the design parameters, when composition shifts from stasis to a state of constant flux? And given this liquidity, what are the distinctive contours of this new aesthetic? These questions of precedent, design ontology and kinetic morphology are explored here in a strategic mix of theory and experiment. Analysis of architectural praxis intersects with discourse from kinetic art, to provide the conceptual spark for the study of 'movement itself'. The potential is for the realization of indeterminate states, where parts coalesce, forming clusters and sublime patterns that resonate over time. This is the first book to articulate a framework for the design of kinetics developed from first principles. Located between theory and practice, the analytical diagrams and time-lapse images provide a unique and timely resource for designers, theorists and students interested in the potential of kinetics to enliven the public face of architecture.
Copyright notice © 2011 Jules Moloney. The right of Jules Moloney to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
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