• imagine 03

    Performance driven envelopes

    Ulrich Knaack, Holger Techen, Tillmann Klein, Marcel Bilow
    1 July 2011

    The impact of climate design on architecture is obvious. But design trends are currently attempting to implement climate design merely as an additional item in architectonic planning. The alternative is to start with an architectural attitude that will produce a comprehensively integrated...

  • imagine 04


    Ulrich Knaack, Marcel Bilow, Holger Strauß
    1 July 2010

    Processes of construction are related to available technologies of production and assembly. IT has made a deep impact on design possibilities and the control of production logistics, enabling feats such as freeform architecture and increasingly precise elaboration. Alternately, the idea of...

  • imagine 02


    Marcel Bilow, Tillmann Klein, Ulrich Knaack
    1 December 2008

    Pneumatic structures have been thoroughly investigated and developed during the 1960s. However, the energy crisis and aesthetic developments stopped the process of employing these structures as a mainstream construction method. Nowadays these structures are typically used in special areas of...

  • imagine 01


    Marcel Bilow, Tillmann Klein, Ulrich Knaack
    1 July 2008

    Façade technology of the 20th century is related to the dissolution of the massive wall into a separation of structure and façade. Looking at the development of façade technology, after 60 years of curtain wall systems, 30 years of element-façade systems and ten years of experience with the...

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