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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures

Deployable structures: natural organisms and living machines

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures
  • Title: Deployable structures: natural organisms and living machines
  • Author(s): Silvia L. M. C. TITOTTO
  • Keywords: conceptual design, deployable structures, functional morphology, structural morphology, form finding, membrane structures, smart behavior, sustainability.
Abstract
This paper aims to discuss ways to build dwellings or devices that are able to adapt to the different challenges posed by the dynamics of nature, ensuring safety and comfort of residents and requiring minimal intervention in the environment around them. The success of this endeavor depends on new concepts and paradigms of construction related to biomimcry. It is intended to develop and to apply knowledge of the bioinspired deployable structures whose integration with the environment would be such that to react to stimuli. Ideally the house will not be passive compared to what some may, like living beings, perform functions in sync with the environment in order to restore the balance constantly disturbed. Weather will be the input of this new concept for housing; the rain to cease on alert for possible flooding and water harvesting will rule the sun's energy will not be wasted since solar panels capable of maximizing the light gathering with coordinated movements will be installed on your roof, the wind will induce the movement of walls and windows in order to maintain thermal comfort under any weather conditions and even materials able to withstand and fight fires will be employed to ensure the safety of its occupants. The potential of implementation of those improvements is also discussed, for instance, how much robotics is necessary to actually conceive an intelligent dwelling and also why the proposed design concepts are not limited to an specific environment once the concept of biomimetics to living machines can be applied over any situation that needs or is under the mentioned behavior, from aquatic mediums to the space vacuum.

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