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Kinetic wall : an exploration into dynamic structure

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dc.contributor.advisor Takehiko Nagakura and William J. Mitchell. en_US Yeh, Bryant P., 1970- en_US 2005-08-19T16:04:33Z 2005-08-19T16:04:33Z 1998 en_US 1998 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1998. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 36-37). en_US
dc.description.abstract The existence and survival of an organism in any given environment is the ability to adapt and change to that environment. Living entities are far more adaptable to a changing environment than anything produced by human design. Buildings exist at a very low level of sophistication when compared to any living organism. Living organisms are able to adapt to a changing environment with the aid of many specialized systems working in conjunction; circulatory system, nervous system, structure system and means of motion. For a building to exhibit this kind of sophistication, the integration and design of such active systems must be investigated. With new advances in the engineering of smart materials, computational control mechanisms, and robotics, this is potentially feasible. My research focuses on the development of one part of such a system; a computer controlled kinetic surface structure or kinetic wall. This system can be adapted to work as an sculptural internal space divider, a facade for an existing building, or a large scale dynamic roof system. The current prototype precedes the development of a fully integrated sensory feedback system, which when added could potentially be a first step towards a truly active building. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Bryant P. Yeh. en_US
dc.format.extent 44 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.title Kinetic wall : an exploration into dynamic structure en_US
dc.title.alternative Kinetic wall : an exploration into flexible structure en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 41149387 en_US

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