The paper Protective Skins - Modelling Symbiotic Protection was published in the Urban Corporis volume The city and the skin!
About the book: "In this Urban Corporis volume, “The city and the skin”, we asked the authors to read, define and interpret the role of the skin as a facade, as a protection, as a compositional image of urban revelation. Without formal restrictions, without ethical preconceptions: the skin as part of the building designed to mediate the relationship. The architectural skin, understood as the technological system of delimitation between architectural space and unbuilt environment, can be analyzed as a boundary system between interior and exterior, the most evident expression of the identity of an artifact. In this dual role of border and interface, receptive as active, the skin of an architecture (seen also through art) is charged with a double value: an element of covering and protection and, at the same time, a tool of relationship and interface, in fact, towards the external world."
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About the paper: "The project describes a design method for architecture which is centered around the bodily experience of its inhabitants. Here in the context of protection against pollution and pleasure in the purifying acts of cleaning and bathing, it touches on the idea that architecture could be developed around quantifiable needs of the human body. It shows an alternative way of designing building envelopes by deconstructing the facade into a wearable and a static part, therefore challenging the idea of industry standards. The proposal introduces the idea of a voxel-based design context exploration which is investigated more artistically in the appendix. The exploration demonstrates a feasible workflow for future data-rich 3D-(robotic)-printing design environments."
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