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LABCOG: The Case Of The Interpretative Membrane Concept


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L. Landau, J. W. Garcia & F. P. Miranda


The Interpretative Membrane concept is a matrix for XXI Century Architecture, because it translates into a paradigm change, not only in architectural concepts but also in the construction processes. Thus, natural environmental actions and those by which human beings \“protect” themselves become understood in an interpretative and adaptive relationship. This covering or \“skin” is capable of not just protecting, but using forces such as energy to offer more comfortable use for human life and an environmental balance. The LABCOG project was conceived based on environmental and functional constraints where the design sets itself up to meet the needs demanded by the scientific activities that will be performed there. As such, defragmented and dynamic volumetrics arise that explore several angles to optimize the projections and inclinations necessary for eco-efficiency. Keywords: interpretative membrane, LABCOG, ecodesign, evolutionary design, virtual reality. 1 Introduction At the end of XX Century, two factors stood out with regards to the development of contemporary architecture. The first was the use of computational technologies in architectural drawing and the second was a strong demand in relation to environmental issues. It is exactly at the crossing point of these two factors that arises the concept of an interpretative membrane, to which we dedicate this article. With the objective of presenting such a concept, we will


interpretative membrane, LABCOG, ecodesign, evolutionary design, virtual reality