Kinetic Architectural Systems

Kinetic architectural systems blur the separation between outdoor and indoor spaces, maximizing a living or working area and making it usable throughout the year. When retractable structures, roofs, skylights, windows, or doors are integrated into a building project, enclosed spaces are no longer limited to being indoor spaces only. This course discusses the types, application and functional requirements along with associated systems for incorporating motion in architecture to provide flexible living and working environments in any type of weather.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define kinetic architecture and summarize the evolution of retractable systems.
  2. Identify and describe the various structural types of kinetic architectural systems.
  3. Evaluate the criteria involved with selecting a suitable kinetic architectural system for a variety of applications.
  4. Discuss the design of a kinetic architectural system and specify the appropriate associated systems for the specific project requirements.

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