Design Studio: Technology & Performance "High Performance + Responsive Architecture"

ARCH 573 | Spring 2019
Assistant Professor Yun Kyu Yi

Project/Course Objectives:

Our deeper understanding of sustainability and ecology has led to a performance driven architecture that focus more on energy efficiency than design. However, one of the biggest misconceptions of high-performance building is the belief that saving energy is the premier focus, when it should be to carter for the comfort and well-fare of our focus: the occupants. The core concept of sustainable, or high-performance, building is that it is being designed and oriented for the comfort of the occupants.

Responsive architecture aims to optimally responds to a range of needs within multiple contexts that it is capable of self-modification, regulation, and adaptation. By reacting intelligently to changes of various kinds, architecture can be high-performance building.

The studio emphasizes that buildings are never inert, static but buildings should be dynamic and respond to the environment in where they are located. Buildings can be more symbiotically designed with the information from surround environment.  

This studio will be accomplishing this by focusing on three environmental factors: Thermal, Light, and Airflow. These three factors will be the basis to shape building design into becoming high-performance design buildings. An example of this would be a type of kinetic skin which can respond to dynamic of temperature, daylight and wind flow that ultimately generate better indoor environment.

The project is to design a new Prudential Plazz located at the Chicago, which is located at 130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601. The site is located intersection of crucial Pedway. This project is revitalizing site as a center of the Pedway.