Intelligent skins by Michael Wigginton, Jude Harris

By Michael Wigginton, Jude Harris

This article examines the potential of essential intelligence in the textile of constructions and explores the evolution of clever fabrics. the foundations of the clever development envelope and a evaluate of present perform are components covered.

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6 The dependence of humans on the functioning of the hypothalamus for sustained life highlights the vulnerability of reliance on a single control system. The hypothalamus of the intelligent building, the sophisticated building management system of the future, needs to be robust, well protected, healthy, and well maintained. This aspect of the intelligent building is referred to at the end of this chapter. The intelligent skin: the deepening metaphor 29 Intelligent skins Variability ᭡ The use of variation in the building skin is well established: the venetian blind and curtains are two of the oldest examples.

These elements are integrated together to achieve a building which meets or exceeds performance requirements of the building stakeholders. ’ 7 These broad definitions depict the use of the technical wizardry, gadgetry and sophistication that has become almost synonymous with the term intelligent building. The aspects of the intelligent building so described can be seen as desirable by those who like automatic and responsive systems controlling the working tasks of a building, such as the operation of its fittings and equipment.

These were mainly sourced through the British Architectural Library, and were used to produce full descriptions of each of the buildings. Where possible, contact was made with at least one member of the design team to clarify particular aspects of the project. These descriptions were then used to formulate the case studies in a more condensed format, and more specifically concentrating on the intelligent features. At the outset, it was felt important that the research programme should include visits to as many as possible of the case study buildings to produce an objective and well-informed description about each building.

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