1st Edition

Building Dynamics
Exploring Architecture of Change

ISBN 9781138791022
Published August 5, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

USD $79.95

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Book Description

Buildings are increasingly ‘dynamic’: equipped with sensors, actuators and controllers, they ‘self-adjust’ in response to changes in the external and internal environments and patterns of use.

Building Dynamics asks how this change manifests itself and what it means for architecture as buildings weather, programs change, envelopes adapt, interiors are reconfigured, systems replaced. Contributors including Chuck Hoberman, Robert Kronenburg, David Leatherbarrow, Kas Oosterhuis, Enric Ruiz-Geli, and many others explore the changes buildings undergo – and the scale and speed at which these occur – examining which changes are necessary, useful, desirable, and possible.

The first book to offer a coherent, comprehensive approach to this topic, it draws together arguments previously only available in scattered form. Featuring the latest technologies and design approaches used in contemporary practice, the editors provide numerous examples of cutting-edge work from leading designers and engineering firms working today.

An essential text for students taking design studio classes or courses in theory or technology at any level, as well as professionals interested in the latest mechatronic technologies and design techniques.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Preface  1. Towards Architecture of Change Branko Kolarevic  2. Making Space for Time David Leatherbarrow  3. Flexible Architecture: Continuous and Developing Robert Kronenburg  4. Devising Design: Agility, Aptness, Equilibrium, Imperfection  Brian Sinclair  5. Smart Architecture, Dumb Buildings Michelle Addington  6. Adaptive, Responsive Building Skins Branko Kolarevic and Vera Parlac  7. Dynamic, Adaptive Building Envelopes Edwin B. Hathaway  8. Transformable: Building Structures That Change Themselves Chuck Hoberman  9. Beneficial Change: The Case for Responsiveness and Robotics in Architecture Tristan d'Estrée Sterk  10. Self-Assembly and Programmable Materials Skylar Tibbits  11. Bio-Robotic Architecture Michael Fox  12. Material as Mechanism in Agile Spaces Vera Parlac  13. Exploring Responsiveness in Architecture Vera Parlac  14. Diffusive Architecture: A Manifesto Philip Beesley  15. RAD: Make Alive Rodolphe el-Khoury and Carol Moukheiber  16. Architecture of Participation Usman Haque  17. Powerlines Kas Oosterhuis and Ilona Lenard  18. It is All About Particles Enric Ruiz-Geli  Author Biographies  Photo Credits  Index

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Branko Kolarevic is a Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design where he also holds the Chair in Integrated Design.

Vera Parlac is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, US, and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.