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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility

Breathable Carapace: Designing Climate-Adapted Filtering for Precipitation, Airflow and Luminance

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Breathable Carapace: Designing Climate-Adapted Filtering for Precipitation, Airflow and Luminance
  • Author(s): Daniel James Prohasky, Nicholas Williams, Jane Burry
  • Keywords: complex vault, solar performance, passive ventilation, complex geometries, precipitation
Abstract
This paper includes a brief description of the influence of physical fabrication processes on the design of a breathable cladding system. We combine knowledge from the fields of geometrical panelisation of freeform surface geometry and contemporary approaches to digital fabrication, with applications from wind studies and thermal comfort literature. Methods and processes involved in the design of an environmentally-driven cladding system are examined through detailing the case study cladding system for the Smart Nodes prototype pavilion. The parametric system logic for panelisation is cellular at the macro and micro scale. It responds to local climate and immediate microclimatic fluctuations. It does this through the articulation of its cells and passively functioning sub-cell structures. The design solution presented as a case study for the design methodology is a flexible system that can be applied in various climates for free-form open-air shelters.

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