3D Printed Wall

Integrating biophotovoltaic and cyber-physical technologies into a 3D printed wall

Chiara Farinea1, Lana Awad2, Alex Dubor3, Mohamad El Atab4
1,2,3,4Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
1,2,3,4{chiara.farinea|lana.awad|alex.dubor|mohamad.elatab}@iaac.net

The research presented in this paper by Chiara Farinea, Lana Awad, Alex Dubor and Mohamad El Atab investigates the development of “3D printed ceramic green wall”, a technological Nature Based Solution (NBS) aimed at regenerating urban areas by improving spatial quality and sustainability through clean and autonomous energy production.

Building upon previous research, the challenge of this system is to adapt additive manufacturing processes of ceramic 3D printing with biophotovoltaic systems while simultaneously developing digital and cyber-physical frameworks to generate site and user responsive design and autonomous solutions that optimize system performance and energy generation.

The paper explores the complex design negotiations between these drivers, focusing particularly on their performance optimization, and finally highlights the system potential as exemplified through a successful implementation of a 1:1 site responsive wall prototype.

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