Facades Smart Materials

Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic

SMART PASSIVE INTELLIGENCE – AN INNOVATIVE COOLING SYSTEM FOR FACADES

(pic: http://www.intelligentconstructions.com/projects/hydroceramic)

IaaC Students developed a passive cooling system called “Hydroceramic” that “speculates on the thermodynamic processes in buildings and how these can be tackled passively with a class of materials called “hydrogel” “.

“By combining the evaporation property of the hydrogels with the thermal mass, and humidity control property of clay ceramic and fabric,  a composite material responsive to heat and water was created. The proposed solution is a passive evapotranspiration system able to lower the temperature of an interior space by 5ºC.”

Source: Project Hydroceramic, Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (iaac.net)
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World’s first full-color, flexible, skin-like display developed – inspired by nature!

WHAT DO CHAMELEONS, OCTOPUSES AND SQUIDS HAVE IN COMMON?

Dr. Chanda used an iconic National Geographic photographic of an Afghan girl to demonstrate the color-changing abilities of the nanostructured reflective display developed by his team. Credit: University of Central Florida.

“Traditional displays like those on a mobile phone require a light source, filters and a glass plates. But animals like chameleons, octopuses and squids are born with thin, flexible, color-changing displays that don’t need a light source – their skin.”

Source: World's first full-color, flexible, skin-like display developed
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Biomimetics Events Facades

efn mobile Workshop, Delft, 15 – 17 June 2015: ThinkingSkins

WORKSHOP ADAPTIVE FACADES – TU DELFT [FACADE WEEK]

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“The EFNmobile – “ThinkingSkins” workshop started on Monday, June 15th at the TU Delft. After an introduction by Susanne Gosztonyi about the background of adaptive facades and by Jens Böke about the specific topic of ThinkingSkins, we started the ideation of future adaptive façade concepts related to individual functions of the façade.
Students from the TU Delft (NL), the IFDC in Detmold (D), and from Lund University (Sweden) participated in the three-day workshop that was also supported by Alcoa. We thank Wijnand Manen (Alcoa) for his substantive contribution about 3D printed façades and the “Next façade”.
A main part of the program is prototyping the concepts. We are creating working models by using the EFNmobile toolbox and also digital fabrication devices like a laser cutting machine. The results have been presented in front of the EFN committee and also exhibited at the conference : Future Envelope 2015 – Unobtainium.”

Text taken (and slighty actualized) from: http://facadeworld.com/2015/06/25/workshop-thinkingskins/
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Biology General

amazing nature

Great video!

from: The Brain Power (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0nDQOrBx4A)

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Final presentation of Biomimetics and Energy course 2014/2015

Yesterday, 9th of January, was the final presentation of the Master course “Biomimetics and Energy” at the UAS Technikum Vienna. And it was a very pleasant and successful event. All groups presented amazing and well elaborated model solutions to several functional principles found in nature and technology in regards to energy efficiency.

Enjoy the results!

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Art exhibition: The committee of sleep

THE COMMITTEE OF SLEEP – Exhibition | MAK FURNITURE STUDY COLLECTION, 2012–2013
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The ‘Committee of Sleep‘ was an art installation created by the designer duo taliaYsebastian. They made use of the principle of ‘light energy scavenging,’ which means the capturing of surplus energy from living organisms.

taliaYsebastian borrowed the basic idea of light scavening from an investigated principle from BioSKIN — the Sea Orange, a luminous sponge that interacts with algae.

 

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Exhibition: Biomimetic game

ZUKUNFT mit SONNE – BIONIK SPIEL – Exhibition | SONNENWELTEN, GROSSSCHÖNAU, 2012-NOW

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The exhibition SONNENWELT in Grossschönau allows a time travel from energy efficient nomad tents from about 10,000 years ago, through sophisticated techniques of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, up to high-tech made solutions from nowadays Austria.

For the station “ENERGIE der ZUKUNFT – ZUKUNFT mit SONNE”, a biomimetic game has been developed and implemented by Susanne Gosztonyi (concept), Oliver Schürer (curator) and Michael Strohmann (media design).

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BioSkin – biomimetics for facades

BioSkin – Forschungspotenziale für bionisch inspirierte energieeffiziente Fassadentechnologien

The basic research study “BioSkin – Research potentials for biologically inspired energy efficient façade systems” aimed at the identification of potentials from nature for climate-adaptive energy efficient facades of the future. The study was conducted at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Energy Department and funded by the national programme “Haus der ZukunftPlus”. This information serves as a summary of the project outcomes and is also an inspiration for further R&D activities.We appreciate to get notice when you cite results from BioSkin. Thanks!

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WELCOME

This website presents information, ideas and all sorts of visions for the topic ‘Biomimetics and energy efficiency’ in the context of performative building envelopes of the future.

The actual use of this website derived from the project website of ‘BioSkin – Research potentials for biologically inspired energy efficient façade systems’, a basic research study that was done between 2009-2012 at AIT. More information about the project can be found here.

Bionicfacades.net is now used as a personal information site by Susanne Gosztonyi who is displaying once a while some updates.

 

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