Dr Marisela Mendoza gave a lecture today on deployable structures and the use of reactive systems in controling daylight in buildings. Her experience in this topic was extensive with the subject headlining her PhD and many other papers she was involved in. The references for some papers she has been involved in are as follows:
MENDOZA, M., 2009. Comparative daylight glare analysis between measured and computer simulation predictions . In: International Conference PLEA 2009: Architecture, Energy and the Occupant's Perspective, Montreal, 21-24 June 2009 . Demers, C. and Potvin, A., eds., pp. 108-111 .
MUNDO-HERNÁNDEZ, J., RODRIGUEZ, S., MENDOZA, M. and BAKER, R., 2009. Living with the sun: using canopy structures in Mexico and the UK . In: Evolution and Trends in Design, Analysis and Construction of Shell and Spatial Structures, Valencia, 28 September - 2 October 2009 . Doming, A. and Lazaro, C., eds., International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures pp. 239-250 .
MENDOZA, M. and CHILTON, JC., 2008. Learning from the shell builder: Felix Candela . In: International Symposium IASS-SLTE 2008: New Materials and Technologies, New Designs and Innovations - a Sustainable Approach to Architectural and Structural Design, Acapulco, Mexico, 28-31 October 2008 . Salinas, JGO., ed. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) pp. 175-176 .
She opened with descriptions of mechanical structures. She explained their use is much more apparent in product design but should be used more in architecture. The best example of a mechanical folding structure I could find was the umbrella shaped shade used to cover Masjid Nabawi's courtyard which is one of the holiest mosques situated in the city of Medina.
She then went on to talk about her research into angulated scissor polygonal structures and presented them with her models used for the PhD. These structures were all made from triangles connected at pivot points that allowed them to be opened and closed whilst changing shape in the process. The leading architecture firm in these structures are Hoberman in the States.
These then led onto the square angulated sicssor structure which can possibly be used as a light control devise such as the ones used in the Institute of the Arab World in Paris.
Overall it was a interesting lecture and I have begun thinking of where I can use these ideas on my own structures.