Breath­able Fa­cade: We’ re There

Industry Leaders - - Green Revolution -

While the glass use in sky­scrapers has pro­lif­er­ated, mod­ern sky­scrapers are closed off from the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment in a much-closed man­ner. Since its in­cep­tion, the us­age of ar­ti­fi­cially and closed, con­trolled in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ments have caused mas­sive strains on the re­sources of the planet. They have made the build­ings ex­pe­ri­en­tially ho­moge­nous, and not for­get­ting the sick­ness caused i.e. over­re­liance on the sys­tem of air-con­di­tion­ing. Mod­ern hu­mans learn, play, work, and live in tow­ers with ex­te­ri­ors that re­sem­ble wall­pa­per. The oc­cu­pants feel no heat on a hot sum­mer

day, nor do they feel any cold de­spite it’s snow­ing out­side. Sure, com­fort is nec­es­sary, but such crazi­ness for com­fort has driven more and more tech­nol­ogy of ad­vanced air-con­di­tion­ing con­struct­ing build­ing, which no longer opens up to the sea­sonal changes of na­ture. No mat­ter what the en­vi­ron­ment is out­side, the in­te­ri­ors re­main the same through­out the year.

One of the most fun­da­men­tal and an­cient no­tions of ar­chi­tec­ture is the “breath­able skin”. The prac­tice of al­low­ing nat­u­ral, fresh air to flow through a build­ing is very old. It dates back to the an­cient Egypt’s wind catch­ers and sim­i­lar struc­tures lo­cated in the Mid­dle East. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, rapidly in­creas­ing build­ing heights, and grow­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness of the so­ci­ety has spurred ex­cit­ing, fresh de­vel­op­ments in the con­struc­tion and de­sign of sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture that ac­tu­ally breathes.

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