Category Archives: Envelope

Storing heat and …coolth?

Water is an eminently fascinating material. It is a material which is remarkably common, and at the same time, remarkably uncommon in it’s characteristics. It has an extremely high specific heat and enthalpy of fusion, meaning that it can contain

Storing heat and …coolth?

Water is an eminently fascinating material. It is a material which is remarkably common, and at the same time, remarkably uncommon in it’s characteristics. It has an extremely high specific heat and enthalpy of fusion, meaning that it can contain

Is Water Thine Enemy?

In studying some basic construction methods, water is the biggest enemy. There are layers upon layers of flashing and waterproofing that go into construction, but is this really necessary? Could a more sustainable approach have no flashing or waterproofing with

Is Water Thine Enemy?

In studying some basic construction methods, water is the biggest enemy. There are layers upon layers of flashing and waterproofing that go into construction, but is this really necessary? Could a more sustainable approach have no flashing or waterproofing with

Bamboo and Bananas as Material

Bamboo is a widely known plant that is thought to originate in Asia. In the past, bamboo has been commonly used for fishing poles, tiki torches, and other tools that were necessary for survival. Today, bamboo is known to be

Bamboo and Bananas as Material

Bamboo is a widely known plant that is thought to originate in Asia. In the past, bamboo has been commonly used for fishing poles, tiki torches, and other tools that were necessary for survival. Today, bamboo is known to be

“Solid Air” Walls – Size + Matter Pavilion

With the innovations in materials available to us in present time, our designs are not as limited as they used to be in terms of pushing the limits. When our group was discussing possible designs for our pavilion at the

“Solid Air” Walls – Size + Matter Pavilion

With the innovations in materials available to us in present time, our designs are not as limited as they used to be in terms of pushing the limits. When our group was discussing possible designs for our pavilion at the

GINA the Clothed Automobile

Who is GINA? Essentially, GINA is a dream. She will never be realized to her fullest potential because, simply put, GINA is a concept car. Like a myriad of other automobile corporations, BMW uses the concept car as a way

GINA the Clothed Automobile

Who is GINA? Essentially, GINA is a dream. She will never be realized to her fullest potential because, simply put, GINA is a concept car. Like a myriad of other automobile corporations, BMW uses the concept car as a way

Good design and how it relates to smart building skins

The discussion of the trend toward complexity verses simplicity lead me to think about smart envelopes in buildings that have some function or even multiple functions. Striving toward simplicity is the best answer to developing technology, but that does not

Good design and how it relates to smart building skins

The discussion of the trend toward complexity verses simplicity lead me to think about smart envelopes in buildings that have some function or even multiple functions. Striving toward simplicity is the best answer to developing technology, but that does not

Corning Museum of Glass

When researching this week’s topic for a blog, I wanted to approach the innovation of glass but I wasn’t sure at what scale. A student mentioned in class that there are a few museums that use tinted glass for aesthetic

Corning Museum of Glass

When researching this week’s topic for a blog, I wanted to approach the innovation of glass but I wasn’t sure at what scale. A student mentioned in class that there are a few museums that use tinted glass for aesthetic