Presentation of “architectural criteria for adapative facades” @ facade 2015 COMPUTATIONAL OPTIMIZATION in Detmold, Germany.

What is the role of adaptive facades?

The conference facade2015 dealt with the topic of ICT, digital technologies and their context to architecture. Amongst the very interesting presentations, Susanne Gosztonyi presented some ideas for the classification of adaptive facades, seen from the perspective of architecture. This draft idea was initiated by the discussion on how much facades shall be controlled by ICT, what adaptiveness in building envelopes means and what is needed by the inhabitants, by the architecture. A definition for “adaptive functions in facades” has been, however, established yet. Some impressions of the conference can be found on website of the organizer HS-OWL (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe).


“In the last few decades, information technology has brought about lasting changes to design and production processes. At the same time, our demands on design and building processes have increased in line with technical possibilities. Aside from unprecedented geometrical freedom, there is huge potential to optimize functions, energy and performance of constructions, buildings and services.Buzz words like Big Data, Industry 4.0 and The Internet of Things already point towards the next Digital Revolution. So what does this mean for building envelopes and their planning and building processes? How can an ever increasing network of information contribute to an optimization of today’s designs and constructions?These issues will be addressed at the conference facade2015 which will follow the same sequence, as the main phases of building development: planning, construction and operation. The potential, chances and risks of progressive digitalization with respect to the the building envelope will be at the center of conference discussions.” (Text: facades2015)

Source: facade 2015 – computational optimization, Detmold, Germany