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18/08/2016

Hybrid photovoltaic/solar thermal roofs by Tractile Pty Ltd (Photo: Tractile Pty Ltd)

Did you know that photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies can work better when combined together? Bearing this in mind, the Australian company Tractile Pty Ltd has developed a mult...

30/04/2015

What if solar panels could display the colours of sunlight rather than being merely dark blue or black? The American company Prism Solar produces innovative solar panels with integrated strips of holographic film that create beautiful rainbow effects. But the holograph...

29/04/2015

Architectural surfaces can be transformed with minimal resources by breaking white light into its colours and redirecting them to walls, ceilings or floors. This can be achieved by using materials and components with particular optical properties.

We are all familiar wi...

10/10/2014

Would we still need urban street lights if architectural surfaces could emit light with no need of electric power?  The luminescent façade frame of the Media-TIC building in Barcelona already suggests the possibility of illuminating cities with smart coatings as a zero...

09/10/2014

During the information age architecture has become much more interactive. Designing engaging spaces often involves integrating electric and electronic circuits into architectural elements. In some projects those circuits can affect the overall shape.

Sketching electroni...

21/09/2014

The installation Crest by Zaha Hadid Architects looks like a simple gesture, something that you could almost draw in the air with an arm movement. It shows “how little” it can take to an architectural object to be a communicative presence: in fact, it approximates a si...

15/09/2014

Installing solar panels on buildings provides clean energy, lowers electricity bills and can reduce the use of fossil fuels as well as carbon dioxide emissions (overlooking the panels production process). Most common solar panels look like large, glossy, dark blue tile...

14/09/2014

Photoluminescent or phosphorescent pigments are smart materials capable of emitting light after absorbing certain types of radiant energy. More precisely, they absorb invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation from ambient light and re-emit that energy as visible light in th...

06/09/2014

In Architecture and Disjunction Bernard Tschumi used the term mask referred to the ambiguous, perceptible appearance of architecture, covering and unveiling other masks imputable to the society and the economy of every era. Architectural skins have changed through time...

03/09/2014

How does architecture communicate? In 2001 the Italian authors Roberto De Rubertis and Matteo Clemente explored this subject in their book on perception and visual communication in architecture and gave and interesting list of ten morphemes used in architecture to comm...

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