|Keifer Technic showroom - Intelligent facade|
So the idea of man and building working in unison is ideal as a concept, but can it really work in practice? Can the layman (not just the architect) be trusted with the responsibility of having to understand the multiple (and complex) factors that go into building design, operation and time specific environmental responses to create an ideal sustainable environment?
...Or could automated adaptive technologies be intrinsic to the design and operation of future buildings?
Adaptive technology is nothing new; for years cars have been designed with automatic rain sensors, that trigger windscreen wipers when water is detected, or lighting monitors which would automatically flick the lights on when required. It seems though when it comes to the design of buildings, advancements have not been made and the potential benefits of such applied sciences have been overlooked.
Imagine a building that is always at it’s optimum, regardless of the external conditions, time of day or season of the year? For example, on a component scale, a composite wall whereby the u-value has the ability to change depending on the internal conditioning requirements? Or, Solar tracking, where the permeable and glazed elements of a building adjust and position themselves to follow the sunpath throughout the day and providing optimum natural lighting to inhabitants. Is it even far fetched to suggest that the whole building could be alive - designed to move, reconfigure and re-align itself almost like a living organism?
|Mitchell Joachim's Extracellular 'living' wall.|
So could automated, dynamic building technology help us deal with the issues we face in the future, without the requirement of a degree in environmental studies?