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April 09
Can architecture adapt to a changing environment?

​​​Why should people adapt to buildings and not buildings adapt to people? This is the question Doris Kim Sung, assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture, is asking – and answering.

Design Milk posted a wonderfully enlightening article about Sung’s research on how buildings should automatically respond to their environment. By using thermobimetal, a material traditionally used in thermostats, she has designed outdoor installations that curl up when hot, acting as a vent, and lay down when cool. This innovation could actually reduce the need for indoor cooling devices. Read Design Milk’s post for a video of the material at work.
The development of architectural materials that respond to the environment without artificial energy is quite an exciting concept. It is a significant step forward in the sustainability movement. We look forward to seeing how this will impact manufacturing facilities along with other traditionally metal structures.
What impact do you see the architectural use of thermobimetal making on our world? How would you use this material? We would love to hear your thoughts.