self-adaptive membrane utilizes kinetic joints responsive to solar radiation
 
self-adaptive membrane utilizes kinetic joints responsive to solar radiation self-adaptive membrane utilizes kinetic joints responsive to solar radiation
nov 13, 2015

self-adaptive membrane utilizes kinetic joints responsive to solar radiation

self-adaptive membrane utilizes kinetic joints responsive to solar radiation
all images courtesy of IAAC

 

 

 

the need to make buildings function in harmony with the environment is inarguable, however, using technology as a way to increase efficiency towards a zero-energy state isn’t the solution. at least, that’s what master’s candidates nohelia gonzalez and shreyas more of IAAC think.


inactive performative model

 

 

 

technology and the built environment are quickly merging, and in the process, establishing an entirely new design paradigm. this has created a methodology that is not only sensitive towards changing situations over time, but has the capacity to actively identify problems and respond to them in real-time. designing active solutions in architectural roles has proven to be massively effective but in many cases are energy intensive.

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nitinol-zinc spring test under heat

 

 

 

the path that gonzalez and shreyas have embarked on unifies active performance and passive strategies of architecture. the ‘self-adaptive membrane’ is the result of their research into the space memory alloy nitinol — nickel and titanium — which was utilized to develop a passive kinetic motor capable of adapting in response to environmental cues.

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experimental nitinol joints

 

 

 

the ‘self-adaptive membrane’ is composed of two vital components: kinetic nitinol joints and folding tessellation geometry, which work together as a singular, integrated system. without diving too deep into technical jargon, these two parts react in response to the presence or absence of solar radiation. thus, creating a deployable unit that is both physically adaptable in real time, and energy autonomous.

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deformation of geometry

 

 

 

the team envisions the ‘self-adaptive membrane’ to open possibilities for adaptive architecture that is inexpensive in construction, lightweight, and capable of transforming built environments according to the relative position of the sun.

 


video courtesy of shreyas more

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exploded industrial joint and component

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exploded performative model

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nitinol passive test component & prototype


expansion joint

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wearable applications of passive nitinol joint

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passive building façade application


single person deployable units

 

 

project info:

 

images: courtesy of institute for advanced architecture of catalonia, spain
director of MAA & senior faculty: areti markopoulou
assistant faculty: alexandre dubor
computational expert: carlos bausa
team: nohelia gonzalez, shreyas more

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

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