Due to the orientation of my apartment, the left wall of the living room receives direct southern exposure.  The majority of this light passes through the two daylights in the rear entry door.  While the natural light is pleasant, it is also a nuisance because of the glare it creates throughout the year.  The light projects against the wall and the surface of my television making the seating area across from this wall an uncomfortable experience.  This does vary throughout the day, so I wanted to create a system that would allow me to counteract the effects of the sun when the solar gain of these surfaces were at their greatest.  My strategy was to create a grid of parametric based performance modules that redirects and diffuses the sunlight, thus eliminating the opportunity for glare.  I intend for the

performance modules and the hosting system, ie: Egg-crate, to be of one.  The panels will interlock with one another forming the modules; this will minimize the need for the assembly of the individual modules.  The performance modules are made up of a series of variables that allow for them to do the following functions:

1) Expand and contract; the expansion and contraction of the cells controls the amount of light being captured by the system and also how much light passes into the space.  The apertures respond to this but can also be fine-tuned independent of the cell for greater control of the flow of light into the space.

2) Increase and decrease in population; the control effects the density of the population and can provide for a greater or lesser amount of diffusion across the grid.

3) Depth of module: the modules depth can change depending on the season.  This allows for greater control of redirecting the light when the sun is lower.

4) Direction of module; the module is controlled by a multidimensional slider that allows for the module to be adjusted to redirect sunlight into the center of the room away from the wall.The system has been designed so that it can be surface mounted.  It will be held in place by four blind hold down brackets, these brackets are made of a clear plastic material and are available anywhere that sells window fashions.

The Man Who Prints Houses

Below is a link for a documentary about a guy wants to use 3d printing as a method for large scale construction.  The possibilities for vernacular based design/architecture are abundant in this kind of process,  reminds me of concepts within adobe architecture by  building  based on the materials available at the build site.


PS follow the links to d-shape.com

I have had some concerns about the evolution of these kind of technologies and the potential economic devastation they could unleash on the trades.  There is much to be considered as we continue to automize our manufacturing processes.  However, D-Shape does highlight a good point Safety “no human intervention means substantially reduced risk of accidents. The building industry is affected by a higher incidence of injures and mortal accidents than many other industries. Severe and expensive safety measures must be constantly applied on the yard during building construction.  D-Shape would lower the costs in terms of both human lives and financially.”  One can see where this could have a trickle down effect for the better.