Emerging Materials

Author : Álvaro Malo

Since time immemorial, buildings have been designed to function as jigsaw puzzles, even some of exquisite intricacy, such as the Alhambra. One may find clockwork attributes in the building methods of Brunelleschi, a foremost architect-engineer of the Italian Renaissance, considering that his construction machines were fundamental to his architecture. The thermostat as a device has been part of the mechanical equipment of buildings, as the governor is a regulating part of the operation of an engine; but buildings as whole thermodynamic systems are still experimental and rare. Current investigations on “biomimetism” and “intelligent buildings” are of great promise, but ubiquitous use of these terms in the academic language and the advertisement of ambitious practices are in many cases unabashed selfindulgence.

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