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Move: Architecture in Motion - Dynamic Components and Elements

Michael Schumacher, Oliver Schaeffer and Michael-Marcus Vogt

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 239

  • Publisher: Birkhauser

  • Date Published: Mar 2010

  • Stock Code: 69000

  • ISBN: 9783764399863

  • Binding: Hardback

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Dynamic components and adaptive elements are becoming increasingly important in contemporary architecture, and not just because of their visual effect. If architects and engineers are engaging more and more with the issue of movement – whether in the form of sun-tracking solar cells, lowerable walls, or intelligently programmed elevators – it’s because they are busy exploring responses to three challenges: How can we control and reduce the energy requirement of buildings? How can we expand the range of possible uses? And how can we represent, illustrate, accommodate, and control dynamic movements in buildings?

Designers and builders who seek to use kinetic components face technical and design challenges that aren’t covered by traditional structural theory. For these users, this book presents the technical tools and constructional solutions that will allow them to implement these movements concretely and deploy them functionally within the domains of of "Energy," "Change of Use," and "Interaction." First it lays out the fundamentals and design principles of kinetics in architecture, technology, art, and nature in a structured manner. In a third section, 40 movable elements are shown in action, each on a double page – with specially prepared phase drawings and organised by type of movement, including rotation, sliding, folding, and transformation. The international examples from noted architects range from window mechanisms to solar protection and light redirection systems, movable walls and roofs, and movable civil engineering structures.

About the Author

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is a professor of design and construction at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at Leibniz Universität Hannover (University of Hanover); for more than 20 years, he has been a co-owner of the firm schneider + schumacher.

Oliver Schaeffer

Oliver Schaeffer studied at the TU München (Technical University of Munich) and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). He has worked at Michael Hopkins in London as well as at other firms and is presently a research associate at the Institut für Entwerfen und Konstruieren (Institute of Design and Construction) in Hanover.

Michael-Marcus Vogt

Michael-Marcus Vogt is also a research associate at that institute and does research on dynamic materials and applications technologies for adaptive facade systems.

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