By using solar energy, a thermobimetal system can be smartly designed to block the sun. This strategy is especially useful when trying to prevent solar heat gain and glare to enter a building, while using no energy and needing no controls.
Sometimes the best way to cool an area is by releasing the hot air. These projects use the ambient air temperature to operate to allow hot air to escape. When the temperature is above 80˚F , the thermobimetal curls. Once cooled, the system returns to a flat position and the surface to its non-porous state.
WuHo Gallery, Hollywood, CA
A self-ventilating surface in a catenary form
Toyota/The Creators Project, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles
A slow-burning smart chandelier
Postcard for A+D Museum, Los Angeles
A rotating aperture for complete closure
A 3d-printed ventilating concrete block system
Decours, AIA New Orleans, LA
A nighttime heating device that bulges when hot