Facade2050: explorations and speculation into the future of climatically responsive building facades

Seán Cullen

The aim of this research is to evaluate current design and manufacturing approaches to climatically responsive building envelopes and speculate about the future of such systems.

As environmental and energy concerns become increasingly focused on buildings, the ability for the façade to become a responsive, versatile element is crucial. A system which can monitor, adapt and increase energy efficiencies depending on local weather and climate information, can vastly reduce energy demand within the building.

Through the cataloguing of precedents and an understanding of material culture, the thesis examines: current parameters defining design methodologies and practical implementation; sets out a taxonomy of kinetics as a toolkit for designers; and, speculates about the future of systems, implemented due to the exigencies of manufacturing and marketplace economics.

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