Dynamic Ornament: Climatically Responsive Surfaces in Architectural Design

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

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In recent years, sensors and sensor networks have been broadly employed in buildings to monitor diverse aspects of the built environment. Sensors are commonly used to track indoor and outdoor climatic variables such as humidity, temperature, and solar radiation; and to recognize patterns in the activity of people. We propose that in addition to this common instrumental role, data gathered from sensors could also play an important aesthetic and cultural role in the design of engaging architectural spaces. We describe a design study that explores the use of sensor data as a means to qualitatively differentiate between spaces within the building, a role traditionally performed by architectural ornament.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoining Languages, Cultures and Visions - CAADFutures 2009
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International CAAD Futures Conference
EditorsTemy Tidafi, Tomás Dorta
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International CAAD Futures Conference: Joining Languages, Cultures and Visions - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 15 Jun 200916 Jun 2009
Conference number: 13


Conference13th International CAAD Futures Conference
Abbreviated titleCAADFutures 2009


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