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Adaptive Skins

Adaptive Skins

Inventions in digital technologies directly influence on the development of high-rise buildings construction industry. The development of software and modern design tools has led to the emergence of new trends in the skyscrapers architecture, such as additive or generative design. In order to integrate innovative systems in the design process, it is necessary to use the most advanced software and, more importantly, to provide educational programs for young professionals who will be able to apply the acquired skills in their creative practice.


Patterns were used to cover architectural surfaces since ancient times. They have been deployed as decorative elements to accentuate certain features and to communicate meaning and style. Over the last two decades, the digital revolution instigated new design process through which new typologies of architectural skins and patterns have emerged. Patterns started to acquire a new role in the architectural form, moving beyond their historical symbolic decorative role into spatial devices; correlating with form structural and environmental properties.

Adaptive Skins workshop aims to explore possibilities of the new design process in developing new formations of building skins based on selected data-sets.  It will also explore the paradigm shift of the function of patterns from being decorative additive elements, into performative integral elements with technical responsibilities for daylight modulation, temperature control, and space enclosure.

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