Smart Materials F10 Jose Sanchez

Electrochromatics & LED wall systems
1 Silica weather skin and deposition substrate 2 Sensor and control logic layer, external 3 Photoelectric grid 4 Thermal sheet radiator / selective absorber 5 Electro-reflective deposition 6 Micro-pore gas-flow layer 7 Electro-reflective deposition 8 Sensor and control logic layer, internal 9 Silica depositions substrate and inner skin

Electrochromics allow for control of solar radiation transmission through a building envelope system. They maximize visual transmissivity while minimizing heat gain, with high initial intensity in the short wavelength region coupled with low intensity in the long wavelength region. Electrochromics require power only when the switch-in states occurs. Electrochromic glass can be simultaneously a glazing material, a window, a curtain wall system, a lighting control system or an automated shading system. Electrochromics was proposed to be combined with other layers (photovoltaics, conductive glass, thermal radiators, micro-pore gasflow sheets) to produce a “super facade” by Mike Davie in his ‘Polyvalent Wall’

An organic light emitting diode (OLED), also light emitting polymer (LEP) and organic electroluminescence (OEL), is a light-emitting diode (LED) whose emissive electroluminescent layer is composed of a film of organic compounds. The layer usually contains a polymer substance that allows suitable organic compounds to be deposited. They are deposited in rows and columns onto a flat carrier by a simple "printing" process. The resulting matrix of pixels can emit light of different colors. (Source: Wikipedia)

My proposition is to combine both materials for indoor partitions and facades. Since electrochromatics, OLEDs, and touchscreens all require an electrical current, I believe it is possible to achieve such interactive window wall. My current studio project consists of a digital library living within the site of the project. Glass walls will provide a visual state of its surroundings when not in use. When the digital library is required, the wall becomes translucent and the OLED becomes projected as an interactive wall with touch-screen capabilities. Indoor use will also follow a similar effect, while class is in use, professors may require privacy for their classes, and are therefore able to interact with the translucent glass wall (while the room still receives natural daylighting).

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