Mass Figuration

Modulating Thermal Mass Behavior

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This research builds upon a previous body of work focused on the relationship between surface geometry and heat transfer coefficients in thermal mass passive systems. It argues for the design of passive systems with higher fidelity to multivariable space between performance and perception. Rooted in the combination of form and matter, the intention is to instrumentalize design principles for the choreography of thermal gradients between buildings and their environment from experiential, spatial and topological perspectives. This work is built upon the premise that complex geometries can be used to improve both the aesthetic and thermodynamic performance of passive building systems by actuating thermal performance through geometric parameters primarily due to convection.

PROJECT TYPE: Design Research | PI: Dana Cupkova | COLLABORATORS: Patcharipit Promoppatum Shi Chune Yao (Mechanical Engineering) | DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM: Yeliz Karadayi | Sinan Goral | Thomas Sterling | Colleen Clifford | Trent Wimbiscus | Shannon Iacino | Noreen Saeed | Prerna Damani | Pedro Veloso | Project supported by Manufacturing Futures Initiative 2017, PITA 2015 | PUBLICATION: ACADIA 2017

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