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AM Envelope. The potential of Additive Manufacturing for facade constructions

Holger Strauss

This dissertation shows the potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the development of building envelopes: AM will change the way of designing facades, how we engineer and produce them. To achieve today’s demands from those future envelopes, we have to find new solutions.

New technologies offer one possible way to do so. They open new approaches in designing, producing and processing building construction and facades. Finding the one capable of having big impact is difficult – Additive Manufacturing is one possible answer.

The term ‘AM Envelope’ (Additive Manufacturing Envelope) describes the transfer of this technology to the building envelope. Additive Fabrication is a building block that aids in developing the building envelope from a mere space enclosure to a dynamic building envelope.

http://abe.tudelft.nl/article/view/strauss

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Liquid Wall

As part of an ongoing funded research relationship with the Lafarge Corporation which explores new and novel applications of Lafarge’s Ultra High Performance Concrete called Ductal, Professor Tristan Al-Haddad collaborated with the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) Center for Architecture in New York and several industry leaders to design and prototype a full-scale mockup of a new customizable curtain wall system using this innovative material.  The prototype was the centerpiece for a larger exhibition on future practice in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.

http://www.dbl.gatech.edu/dfl/liquid-wall

http://theliquidwall.com

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Italy pavilion at expo milan 2015 by nemesi & partners

reaching a total height of 35 meters, the italy pavilion at expo 2015 is the only structure that will remain on site after the six month event. designed by nemesi & partners, the building consists of the permanent six-storey ‘palazzo italia’ and an adjacent series of temporary structures.

located in close proximity to the lake arena, the prominently positioned pavilion features a geometric texture that evokes the intertwining random branches. the full external façade is clad in biodynamic panels that are designed to capture air pollution, converting it into inert salts and consequently reducing smog levels.

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/italy-pavilion-expo-milan-2015-nemesi-partners-michele-mole-interview-05-06-2015/

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competition for 3d printed facade panels

https://twitter.com/hashtag/3dprintfacade