Dynamic Ornament: An Investigation of Responsive Thermochromic Surfaces in Architecture

Mark Meagher, David Van Der Maas, Christian Abegg, Jeffrey Huang

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Abstract

This paper describes the use of environmental sensor data as a basis for the design of architectural ornament that takes on a distinctive appearance in response to the atmospheric conditions where it is located. Among the goals of the project were the identification of inexpensive fabrication methods that could be used to build responsive surfaces at the scale of a room, and the identification of material and tectonic strategies for integrating dynamic information displays in buildings. A series of prototypes were constructed to explore the benefits and limitations of thermochromic ink as a material for visualizing dynamic data, and a method is proposed for building thermochromic surfaces based on printed circuit boards (PCB's) that is cost-effective and allows the fabrication of large surfaces through tiling. The limitations of this method include high power consumption, a short lifespan and difficulties in controlling the surface temperature.

LanguageEnglish
Pages301-318
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Computing
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association - Chambery, France
Duration: 26 Aug 201328 Aug 2013
Conference number: 13

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Meagher, Mark ; Van Der Maas, David ; Abegg, Christian ; Huang, Jeffrey. / Dynamic Ornament : An Investigation of Responsive Thermochromic Surfaces in Architecture . In: International Journal of Architectural Computing. 2013 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 301-318.
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