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.
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Doris Receives the USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression
April 24, 2018
Photographed with Dean Milton Curry, Doris Sung received the prestigious Provost Associates Award for Artistic Expression at the USC Academic Convocation on April 24, 2018.
The text on the award reads as follows:
Doris Sung is a visionary experimental architect whose work marries the highest levels of art and technology. Her projects combine cutting-edge science with great artistry, using thermo-bimetals and taking inspiration from mathematics and biology. These intricate geometric assemblies open and close like a field of flowers, and demonstrate how solar heat energy dynamically transforms the shape and geometry of thin metal sheets to perform a range of transformations—including ventilation, light, shading, and structure—on the facades and in the structure of her architecture. As beautiful as they are functional, these innovations are geared toward a wide spectrum of potential applications, and promise efficient and elegant solutions to pressing environmental problems. Indeed, she has received funding to develop her research practice with a range of industry leaders.
Intended to coincide with the opening of the 2018 Venice Biennale, a group of 17 female architects decided to compile a book showcasing 365 women as "a facebook platform promoting female architects excelling in the profession". Because there are thousands more of equally talented female architects, the collection will grow fast. The positive energy of women supporting women is critical as we look forward. Bravo!