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Responsive Facade Systems @ Cooper Union | ACADIA 2010


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"Responsive Facade Systems" presents the Solar Facade System researched by Stefan Bader and Michael Leighton Beaman at Cooper Union as part of the 2010 ACADIA Conference.

As issues of sustainability gain traction for architects, methodologies for designing, analyzing, and calibrating design solutions have emerged as essential areas of research and development. A number of approaches have been pursued with regard to embedding data into the design process, most fall into one of two approaches to research. The first approach is to mediate environmental impact at the level of applied technology; the second approach is to alter building methods and material construction generating efficient energy use. However, few approaches deal with the crafting of relationships between information and performance on an architectural level. This paper will examine a design approach focused on understanding how crafting relationships between information and design can move architecture towards achieving sustainability.

To develop this relationship, we created a data-driven methodology that spans from design inception to construction. Data-driven models, common in the fields of natural science, offer a method to generate and test a multiplicity of responsive solutions. By contextualizing the solutions generated, we were able design though a set of specific and controlled responses rather than as a singular solution. Information utilization requires a new kind of craft that moves beyond instances into relationships and offers performance sensitive issues in design, such as sustainability, and focused trajectories