For a long period of time, architecture had been considered ‘static’ for most purposes. However, starting from basic individual ‘moving elements’ like doors, windows, elevators, etc., technology has helped architects to design buildings that move as a whole or a part. Kinetic elements have more commonly found expression as media and interactive facades. This course covers many interesting examples of facades.
Further, integration of kinetics into the façade inorder to modulate daylight, shading and/or ventilation have taken the climate responsive design to the next level. Not only such buildings are interactive, they serve specific functions to enhance occupant comfort with reduced energy use. This course will enumerate interesting projects having climate responsive facades.
The dynamic nature of such facades requires that the design process to be iterative assessing numerous design and functional parameters to arrive at a optimized solutions. An example of such a performative design process using a suite of simulation tools is discussed in the last module of the course.
The course is structured in 6 modules with two instructors and a moderator. This content is highly visual and engaging. At the end of the course, you can confidently identify what kinetic facades are and the iterative design process that is required to design such facades.
You will understand how the course is organized so you can plan on completing the course accordingly.
Module 1 will introduce you to what kinetic facades are all about and how to define it.
Although kinetic facades is a contemporary design approach, it has evolved from simple systems. This lecture will give a brief history and background of kinetic architecture as a whole.
kinetic systems when integrated in built form take on a different meaning. It becomes user controlled and interactive and respond to many possibilities. This lecture elaborates on the integrated of kinetics in buildings with interesting examples.
Kinetic systems designed specifically to respond to climate parameters such as daylight, shading and ventilation go beyond just being interactive. Such facades are functional aimed to provide occupant thermal comfort using less energy. This lecture will elaborate on climate responsive dynamic facades through many real world examples.
The design of dynamic facades calls for an iterative design process that also uses many computational tools. This process is explained in this lecture with the help of a real project example.
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Passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Institute of Environmental Design, India. Deepa is a Registered Architect with the Indian Council of Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).
Over six years, Deepa has worked on number of projects in the US and India with a focus on bridging the gap between building design and technology. At EDS Pvt Ltd, she works on projects dealing with daylight assessment, building energy simulations, technical analysis for performance based design, conducting professional training programs, developing instructional content and facilitating green building certifications. Deepa has been instrumental in launching the EDS CPD (Continuous Professional Development) initiative. She is also the lead faculty for many professional courses and plays an active role in developing instructional content and assessment materials.