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BSAC Technology Seminar - Animating the Inorganic in Architecture: Making Thermobimetals Behave

Seminar: BSAC | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

Prof. Doris Kim Sung, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, School of Architecture

Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Like human skin, a building’s skin should be the first line of defense when considering cost-effective methods of internal temperature regulation. Reducing buildings’ reliance on mechanical cooling and energy use can have a tremendous impact on containing global warming, reducing heat island effects and decreasing fossil fuel consumption. Using smart materials like Thermobimetal (which curls when heated) and Nitinol (which shrinks when heated), outer architectural surfaces can be designed to automatically transform from transparent to opaque for sun shading and self-ventilating purposes - without controls or energy. Combining innovative materials with powerful digital modeling tools and innovative structural strategies, this work brings the application of Thermobimetals closer to real implementation.

RSVP by April 15 online.