Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes

by Charles D. Linn and Russell Fortmeyer

ISBN: 9781616891534

PUBLISHER: Images Publishing Dist Ac

YEAR: 2014


A shift in the architecture industry’s focus in the last 20 years toward ecological concerns, long-term value, and user comfort has coincided with significant new developments in digital controls, actuators, shading typologies, building physics simulation capability, and material performance. This collision has afforded architects an expanded set of opportunities to create architecture that can respond directly to environmental conditions, resulting in innovative facade designs that quickly become landmarks for their cities. Fortmeyer and Linn trace the historical development of active facades in modern architecture, and reveal how contemporary architects and consultants design and test these systems.