PiX - Material Performance
Protection from our environment is our most essential need for survival. Our environment also nurtures us. e ability of our biological skin to react and adapt to myriad internal and external changes is a model for the design of architectural enclosures.
Several projects focus on the building envelope as a system for environmental regulation. Methods for creating transparency, translucency, opacity, thermal conductivity, ventilation and other key properties that directly influence the regulation of the internal environment can be addressed through the L_Dot framework. Active or responsive "communication" between direct aspects
of the envelope and the occupants as inuenced by temperature, solar radiation, water and other factors as part of a collaborative investigation at Syracuse University with environmental sensors (SenSYR) and communication (Wireless Grids) and MOD-ECO /CeLL.
Smart aspects of textiles based on shape memory materials particularly for enhancing the aesthetics of woven interior textiles. Shape memory alloy and shape memory polymer have been modified to allow the materials to be incorporated into the woven structure. rough yarn spinning, hybrid blends have been produced; the aesthetic engineering of which has provided new woven textiles that are capable of sensing a temperature change and reacting by changing to a prescribed shape .