The Scent of Fresh Concrete – 2019 site visit

A new academic year means a new batch of Honours BSc students and thus another site visit to let them experience what working with concrete is like on an actual building site. Continue reading The Scent of Fresh Concrete – 2019 site visit

Phase changing solar shading

Phase changing materials (PCMs) are a hot topic right now in the built environment. Usually these PCMs are incorporated into ceilings or translucent or opague facade panels. However, Carmen Ramkhelawan decided to do things differently and see if she ould incorporate these PCMs into a solar shading system. Continue reading Phase changing solar shading

Alejandro Prieto gives inaugural lecture of MSc Programme at Pontifical Catholic University

On August 23rd, Alejandro Prieto was invited to give the inaugural lecture of the academic semester of the Master of sustainable architecture and energy (MASE) in Chile, discussing the role architects and facade designers play in the current environmental context.

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Exploring the potential of cast glass in structural applications

Cast glass has the potential to radically change how glass is used in the build environment, transforming the two-dimensional plane glass into a fully free-form, 3-dimensional material. Within the last academic year two MSc student explored how topology optimization and 3d printed sand moulds can be used to design customized cast-glass elements.

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