Responsive Building Envelopes: Active Apertures for Chinooks

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Creator: 

Gunderson, Rachele Danorah

Date: 

2015

Abstract: 

This thesis is an investigation into responsive architecture, specifically within the building envelope. It seeks to respond to local environmental conditions and enhance sensual qualities to generate a unique architectural environment. By analyzing the wall assembly as an aperture for responding to the peculiar weather conditions in Calgary specifically Chinook winds, the responsive envelope will engage air and light movement to harness energy and create a site specific building envelope. Investigations into types and reasons for movement and their transitions will lead to experiments into the phenomena of this choreography and the delights and experiences that arise. Through analysis of existing research and documentation, this thesis presents the research and design of an 8890m2 Arts and Culture Incubator and residential building in downtown Calgary that explores the concept of the responsive building envelope to environmental condition, building program and urban context.

Subject: 

Architecture

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Architecture: 
M.Arch.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Architecture

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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