Designing with Technology: Challenging the Perception of the Building Skin
Abstract (Summary)The building envelope is a complex system of layers that acts as a skin of the building, addressing both functional and expressive issues. The functional characteristics of the building are the technical aspects such as structure and protection. The expressive aspects give the building its character, dictate the level of interaction with the user, and can reflect cultural values. Contemporary buildings usually either mask the technical aspects within the envelope, or apply them to typical building construction methods. This thesis investigates the relationship between function and representation. It considers technology as a key influence in design solutions that allow technical and expressive aspects of the building to read simultaneously. Explorations of blurring and layering create a series of relationships between the interior and exterior and between technology and the users. This design approach challenges the perception of the role of technology in design.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2008