Responsive Efficiency of Adaptive Structural Skins was a cluster at Smart Geometry Conference in 2013, London Bartlett University.The cluster aim was to explore how to form the load-bearing enclosure of a new generation of buildings through parametrization, analysis, optimization and form-finding.
In a world where the scale of human development has demonstrated its devastating effects on the natural environment and where imbalances in global economies have reduced opportunities for investment, efficiency in the use of natural and economic resources has become crucial in architectural practice. What if buildings could grow or shrink in size or change in shape to adapt to different programmatic or environmental requirements; what if they could be folded or rolled away to be easily transported and reused; what if this could be achieved through the engrained properties of the material they are made of, without the need for external energy or complex mechanical parts? Our interest is for low-energy, low-maintenance adaptive materials systems, rather that highly automated and mechanical systems. To directly address these challenges, the objective of our Cluster is to study, design and construct prototype Adaptive Structural Skins to form the load-bearing enclosure of a new generation of buildings.
The study has been conducted through their parametrization, analysis, optimization and form-finding to investigate kinematic and structural behaviours and automated production processes, as well as possible applications within different construction typologies.The Cluster Champions were, Edoardo Tibuzzi and Jeroen Janssen of AKTII P.art; Daniel Piker writer of Kangaroo (a physics engine plugin), Gregory Epps, RoboFold Founder (a metal folding fabrication system) and Daniel Bosia.