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Title: A KINETIC SUN-SHADING SYSTEM FOR THE TROPICS : DYNAMIC INTERACTION BETWEEN THE SKIN AND ECOLOGY IN SINGAPORE
Authors: KHAIRUL RIZAL BIN SAMAT
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Patrick Janssen
2010/2011 DTS
Shade
Sun
Sunshade
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2011
Citation: KHAIRUL RIZAL BIN SAMAT (2011-01-13). A KINETIC SUN-SHADING SYSTEM FOR THE TROPICS : DYNAMIC INTERACTION BETWEEN THE SKIN AND ECOLOGY IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation seeks to study the efficiency of kinetic sunshades as a form of intelligent skin as well as adaptive performance in the tropical climate. There are existing studies of effective kinetic sunshades, which keep out solar radiation in summer while bringing in selective solar radiation in winter. However, the sunshades in the context of this region are typically static. The application of kinetic sun shading on tropical architecture is virtually nonexistent. Hence, a possibility of kinetic sunshades to further improve the tropical shading is researched on. Attempts have been made to show that the kinetic sun shading system not only benefit architecture climatically but also decoratively as media facades. Here, studies of responsive surface structures respond to environmental changes like regulating light, thermal comfort and visuals. Each component of the sunshade mimics a living skin cell membrane to respond with climatic changes. It morphs through kinetic means via the sensors of the programmed facade system in relation to the environment. The sun shading skin not only becomes an animated envelope but also a protective membrane to stabilize condition of the indoor environment. Precedent studies are presented to better understand the design parameters of an effective sun shading system. An animation-based software, called Houdini analyzes the performance of the kinetic sunshades as it morphs to various optimizations. The geometric dimensions and kinetic movements (rotation) of the sunshades will be studied through the daylight hours of the day in Singapore’s tropical context. This study can be used as a user-friendly tool to determine the dynamic sunshades choices in the design at the conceptual design stage.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222277
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