Polymorph Textility

Practise-based doctorate program at TU Berlin (PEP), PhD project at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity

supervised by:

Prof. Ignacio Borrego, TU Berlin
Prof. Christiane Sauer, weißensee school of art and design berlin
The PhD project »Polymorph Textility« explores material programming and shape behavior in response to external climatic stimuli in a practice based research project. The aim is to elaborate a multi-scalar design method for self-forming textiles with shape memory alloys as a thermally active control component.

Physical and computational experimentation with inherent material capabilities are relevant, thus they may renovate predominant limitations of building culture towards more integrated, adaptive and sustainable climatisation strategies. With the development of a computer aided design-to-fabrication framework, such actuated hybrid membranes with dynamic elasticity through compliant bending and buckling and shape memory alloys can be introduced. Under the supervision of Prof. Ignacio Borrego (TU Berlin) and Prof. Christiane Sauer (School of art and Design Weißensee) the project explores performative and sensory qualities of hybrid textile architecture. With a focus on design strategies for adaptive textile structures and the functionalization of softness in architecture, reciprocal relationships between material and morphology are investigated in the research. With an cross-institutional approach the project orients itself toward an interdisciplinary research methodology that also incorporates knowledge from materialscience and bioinspiration. Within the research team »Adaptex« the designed systems are validated through physical implementation in solar shading components in Brandenburg and Oman.

Exploring adaptive shape behaviour through simulations of structural softness of textiles: 



Geometrical implications of designing with SMA
Material implications of designing with SMA
Climatic implications of designing with SMA

Thermographical analysis reveals the geometrical features of the system. self shading features and paralactic effects have great impact on the surface temperatures caused by direct solar radiation.