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Living skins : an attribute framework for green façades Laurenz, Jon


The thesis critiques the current practice of green facades in terms of a broader range of opportunities they might realize. It analyses the current practice of green facades as to the different types, construction systems, and relationship with the immediate context. It also identifies a series opportunities related to six areas: human comfort; expressive capacity; air & water quality; indoor outdoor relationship; urban biodiversity; and carbon neutral architecture. This thesis develops a green facades framework that enables the critique and evaluation of the different existing types of green facades in terms of the extent to which they accomplish such opportunities, facilitating a determination of their appropriateness to different conditions, solar orientations, and user needs. This same framework also intends to improve the current practice of green facades by assisting designers to define a particular green facades.

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