Dynamic Façades: Exploring Responsive Building Skins in a Comprehensive Design Studio
This presentation will focus on the back-and-forth process between the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) and a comprehensive design studio to integrate energy and building science concepts in design education. This collaboration provides a model for research both inspiring design and being inspired by design. The interaction centered on a façade workshop and associated exercises within the design studio for an urban school. Demands for dynamic façade systems that modulate indoor needs and outdoor conditions have engendered various responses, and as such, the students were presented with the challenge and learning opportunity of incorporating related concepts to their overall design. The outcomes include lessons learned from implementing this research-design framework and observations gathered from multiple perspectives: the professor, students, and the invited participants.