• Adaptive Respiration

    Adaptive Respiration
    turin ITALY

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in conjunction with the Politecnico di Torino.
    critics: ted NGAI (RPI) & cesare GRIFFA (Politecnico)

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    cesar g. MADRIGAL, alex DORN, marco CAPRANI, & andrea TERRENO: Adaptive Respiration is a response to an intensive six-week workshop that merges parametric technology and the study of animal physiologies to create an intelligent skin that responds to its internal and external environments.

    Before entering the design phase, we conducted in-depth research on iguana respiration and utilized this biological framework to not only understand the behavior of a natural system, but also to inform the design of a built system. In this context, the utilization of parametric tools facilitated the regulation of multiple systems at once, allowing us to manage bioclimatic flows and maintain a stable internal environment in a typical apartment building.

    The reptile’s biological processes which we expanded upon on include air storage, temperature regulation, and air release. Each of these is manifested as a singular component which contains the necessary materials to carry out the appropriate functions. Within each component is a subset of information which controls aperture, allowing or inhibiting direct solar radiation into the interior of the apartment building. Individual components are then assembled through a tessellated organization to provide a seamless transition from one element to another, producing a reticulated system of controlled geometries which are anchored to the existing structure.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    cM, aD, mC, & aT: Iguanas, biomimicry.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    cM, aD, mC, & aT: Phantogram, Land of Talk, Camera Obscura, tennis, AD magazine.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    cM, aD, mC, & aT: Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, REX.

    Additional credits and links:

    Thanks to Graziella Roccella (Politecnico) for coordinating the workshop.


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