Adaptive Strategies

Galo Patricio Moncayo Asan
Architecture, Architecture
2018W, Seminar (SE), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02579



as climate and society changes it might not be the smartest way to customize buildings towards local weather conditions and usage patterns that might be obsolete within a few decades anyway. at least one alternative could be to design a super-adaptive building skin, which can negotiate any indoor-outdoor differences.

this is the challenge we take on: an interactive space that has the ability to sense outside and inside conditions is given the desired climatic goals for a specific usage pattern and then adjusts towads that. Transformability should challenge the skin, construction and components as well as geometrical aspects. the Skin has to be fully self-sustaining in terms of electrical and heat supply. It must be equipped with all necessary devices for energy production. the material of the building components must be re-usable. within 30 years, the skin should have produced enough energy to replicate itself.

Examination Modalities

Course Structure

This is an one assignment-driven course. Students will be expected to generate work based on their own experience. Students should take the initiative to discuss interests or obstacles, both conceptual and technical, with the instructor and their peers. Depending on the student’s level and work habits, more or less direction will be given by the instructor. Tremendous individual impetus for the making of work and participation in critiques is essential.

•Attendance is crucial and will be recorded.

•We will conduct critiques every second week with desk crits, discussion periods, and workshops during other class sessions; you will be expected to produce different stages of the project, appropriate to the work period scheduled, during the semester.

•When we are not meeting as a class to critique work or cover other material, CLASS TIME IS WORK TIME. You MUST be here and you MUST be working. The gathering of materials and tools must take place outside of class.

•Work that is not ready at the time of the critique will not be discussed as a class.

Work presented to me late will devalue one letter grade per successive class period until it is presented. Failure to attend a critique without providing documentation of extenuating circumstances will also devalue that session’s work by one grade; that is, failing to complete your work but coming to the critique anyway will only cost you one letter, but skipping the critique as well as turning work in late will cost you two.

•You will keep a notebook/sketchbook of what takes place during the semester. Some written assignments will not be collected and these must be done in your book. You must also bring this journal to every critique and studio meeting and write down what happens. You’ll thank me later.


workshop energy design software and interactive components:

Part of the workshop is an introduction to the use of micro-controller technologies in architectural practice. Projects will address motion control, sensor input, and graphic and audio interface through objects, building components, and their performance. The course focus will be on developing and designing components, design and programming software fluency, technical problem-solving approaches, and on critical discourse regarding technology in contemporary practice. Arduino and Arduino-compatible tools will serve as the primary development platform.


In interactive components: This Workshop is an introduction to the practices, production, and consideration of electronic systems as applied to energy design. A variety of components and processes, both physical and conceptual, will be explored through technical projects, creative projects, and supplementary research assignments. Because of the technical nature of the material covered, this workshop will seek to find a balance between content delivery and the development of individual solutions through group projects.


Even though we will focus significantly on technology and technical processes, we must not lose sight of these tools as a method to generate and conserve energy. We must understand technology as both an amplification of existing practices and as a distinct practice that relies on opportunities and challenges specific to the medium. The purpose of studying these techniques is not to become a “kinetic architect”, but to generate new possibilities for a more efficient way to deal with the topic of energy consumption, creation and storage.



You will receive a single grade for each of the four presentations, and that grade will reflect the quality of the work itself, the work ethic you demonstrated during that period, and your participation in critiques and other activities.






Hyperbody ----

Hyperbody is a research group at the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology directed by prof. ir. Kas Oosterhuis. The goals set for the group’s research are to explore techniques and methods for designing and building of non-standard, virtual and interactive architectures. Cutting edge techniques and methods are taught and applied by researchers and students.
Designed and prototyped programmable buildings illustrate the paradigm shift from animation towards real-time behaviour. Hyperbody introduces interactivity not only in the process of collaborative design, but also during the use and maintenance of buildings. Hyperbody looks at all stages of the lifecycle of buildings and at the economical and ecological consequences, focusing on the development of new ideas and practical applications for interactive architecture. This leads to emergence of pro-active building bodies which act in a changing environment..........


Francois Roche----

Scenario :
1) The courtyard of Frac is aggregated of glass stick in order to generate a gluing a smearing of the existing building as a potential of a Body Without Organ (a “going to be done” and unachieved process of construction) and inside the thickness of the glass a labyrinth walk way and accessibilities. A scattering script is written to develop the aggregation.

2) Procedures of constructions and cleanings are assisted by robots (with or without automatism) to introduce randomisation and uncertainty in the final shape and to be able to re-program the labyrinth during the construction itself…

3) The elements of glass are from a citizen glass recycling process in order to reduce the raw material costs and involve the inhabitants of the agglomeration in the “work to be done” story.

4) The construction schedule is planned on more than 10 years for the same reason…construction became a factor a desire with a desirable machine (Duchamp)

5) Using individual RIFD-PDA to force each visitor to accept to loose themselves in the glass maze and redefine their XYZ positioning according to the specificities of an exhibition (PAD with sound, video and local GPS)


institute for experimental architecture . Hochbau---

Greenhouses in botanical gardens point to a long tradition of innovative and sometimes extreme structures. Spacious, light, transparent, thin, elegant, artificial. The typology to be allowed first time an interesting excursion into the history. Gardens for the cultivation of plants have been around for thousands of years, with the first examples of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Romans were also gardeners and interested in the medicinal properties of plants. The medieval monks cultivated botany course, excessive, and understood the beauty of plants and flowers as a celebration of God. The first of these monastic gardens was in the 8thCreated century.......


15 October 2018, 10:00–12:00
22 October 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Energy Design Fundamental - Bernhard Sommer"
29 October 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6 , "Arduino Intro"
05 November 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Ladybug Honeybee Intro"
12 November 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6
19 November 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6
26 November 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6
03 December 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6
10 December 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6
17 December 2018, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 6 , "Final Presentation"

Course Enrolment

From 01 October 2018, 17:18 to 19 October 2018, 17:18
Via online registration
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co-registration: possible (4.0 ECTS)

Architecture (Master): Experimental Strategies: Special Topics (4.0 ECTS)

Attending individual courses: not possible