Founded in 2008, the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI) is a joint venture between Buro Happold and Hoberman Associates that focuses on creating building systems that react–façades that move based on real-time changes in sunlight, for example–to the surrounding environment. Matthew Herman of Buro Happold and ABI present these new strategies for smart building systems.
1.0 LUs (Credits Pending)Learning Objectives:
- Discuss the concepts and implementation of adaptive building design.
- Use new technologies to develop smart sustainable buildings that can react to an environment to increase standard reductions in energy usage.
- Discuss the digital and physical prototyping of new systems and technologies being implemented.
- Discuss the role of the architect in system development, research and development, and implementation, as well as how the architect interacts with other members of the building team during the process of designing adaptive buildings.
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