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Smart Materials and Technologies

For the Architecture and Design Professions, 1st Edition

By D. Michelle Addington, Daniel Schodek


254 pages

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Today, architects and designers are beginning to look toward developments in new
"smart" or "intelligent" materials and technologies for solutions to long-standing problems
in building design. However, these new materials have so far been applied in a diverse
but largely idiosyncratic nature, because relatively few architects have access to
information about the types or properties of these new materials or technologies.
Two of the leading experts in this field - Addington and Schodek - have solved this
problem by incorporating all the relevant information of all the latest technologies
available to architects and designers in this one volume. They present materials by
describing their fundamental characteristics, and go on to identify and suggest how
these same characteristics can be exploited by professionals to achieve their design
goals. Here, the wealth of technical understanding already available in the materials
science and engineering literature is at last made accessible to a design audience.


“[S]eeks to give architects and designers a better understanding of some of the breathtaking new technologies becoming available so that they can be applied to the best advantage. Addington and Schodek…want to make sure that these technologies are designed into buildings in a thoughtful way. Indeed, they spent 10 years researching and writing the book. The presentation is tailored to design professionals and includes equations and a fair amount of technical detail, but the authors don't get so far into the nitty-gritty as to go beyond what designers need to know. Smart Materials and Technologies fills a void in the literature and may help a great many designers and architects develop buildings that are more useful to an even greater number of occupants.” - Civil Engineering

“This book, while offering a primer for understanding of materials, focusing particularly on contemporary materials, also promotes a revision of our thinking as design professionals.” - Journal of Architectural Education

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Materials in Architecture and design
Chapter 2: Fundamental Characterization of Materials
Chapter 3: Energy Phenomena and environments
Chapter 4: Types and Characteristics of Smart Materials
Chapter 5: Elements and Control Systems
Chapter 6: Smart Products
Chapter 7: Smart Components, Assemblies and Systems in Architecture
Chapter 8: Smart Environments
Chapter 9: Revisiting the Design Context

About the Authors

Michelle Addington is the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University.

Daniel L. Schodek is the Kumagai Research Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Design School, where he taught from 1969 until 2008.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials