ACCENTUATING THE POSITIVE — SMART MATERIALS, INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE

  • YEAR
    2000
  • AUTHORS
    Willey, Hayden
  • CATEGORIES
    2000 Conference Papers
    Architectural science and education

Extract

he advent of new technologies, such as smart glass and the control systems of intelligent buildings, provides
an opportunity to enhance the quality of interior environments and enrich the environmental experience of the
people who occupy them. These technologies could equally easily become locked into serving an existing and
more basic objective such as reducing energy consumption. The two types of objective can be defined as
positive and negative; the first focussing on enhancement and engaging with the complexity of people’s
interaction with their environments, with the second focussing on reduction or prevention of unwanted effects
and embodying a simplifying or reductionist approach. The implications for architectural science are a need to
significantly change the balance of research towards using new technologies to support positive objectives, and
a need to develop appropriate research strategies and directions to achieve this.

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