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Ray 3: The performative envelope

Davidova, Marie 2016. Ray 3: The performative envelope. Presented at: 2016 DCA European Conference: Inclusiveness in Design, Istanbul, Turkey, 11-14 May 2016. Published in: Uddin, M.Saleh and Sahin, Murat eds. 2016 DCA European Conference: Inclusiveness in Design. Istanbul: Özyeğin University, pp. 519-525.

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Ray 3 is a fully functional envelope that reacts to relative humidity and temperature of air. Based on the material properties of pine wood, it is allowing dry air into semi-interior, while closing in humid weather. This is due to the tangential section of the panelling that warps based on the different fibre density on the left and right side of the plate in low relative humidity percentage and high temperature. The envelope is meant for non-discrete architectural spaces, the spaces between exterior and interior. This design is a continuation of proposal Ray 2, The Performative Screen. Compare to the previous prototype of Ray 2, Ray 3 is a fully solving the performance, durability and is equipped with solved joinery and thermal, humidity permeable solution. Recent samples observations are leading to currently produced prototype that will close its panels at 75% relative humidity level, will be treated by salt water against biological decay and fastened by plugs attached at lower moisture content to the construction frame. The glass bubbles based thermal comfort solution, performing on reflection, originated from NASA technologies was selected instead of any kind of thermal insulation. This partly trans-, partly inter-disciplinary project, next to the architects involving carpenters, forest and wood engineers, wood preservation architectural and ships historians, environmental engineers, insulation material engineers as well as climatologists or even marketing engineers, suggests future applications for built environment and reflects upon the past. However, the conclusion has to be taken that material based building industrial practice is far behind contemporary trends in different disciplines.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TS Manufactures
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Publisher: Özyeğin University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2015
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 10:45

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