Re-Skinning: Performance-Based Design and Fabrication
of Building Facade Components: Design Computing, Analytics and Prototyping

Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, [email protected]
Todd Snapp, AIA, LEED AP, [email protected]
Michael Hodge, MARCH, AAIA, ACADIA, [email protected]
Ming Tang, LEED AP BD+C, [email protected]

This article by Ajla Aksamija, Todd Snapp, Michael Hodge and Ming Tang discusses a research/teaching collaboration between Perkins+Will and the University of Cincinnati and a unique design studio that was initiated as part of this collaboration. The studio investigated the relationships between performance-driven design, computational design techniques, integration of analysis tools with the design process and digital fabrication for a building facade retrofit.

The studio project was an existing cold storage facility, which is being converted into a commercial office building. The objective of this collaboration was to integrate building performance simulations and modeling to drive design decisions, to use parametric design tools for exploration of building skin design and to investigate fabrication/prototyping methods for testing constructability and material choices.

Authors discuss the design process as well as the results of this collaboration. They also conclude with final remarks regarding the best practices for collaborative research efforts between design practice and academic research institutions.

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