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Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1477-965X
  • E-ISSN: 1758-9533


This paper presents a concept for using robots as part of a design strategy that encourages a ‘bottom-up’ approach to environmental control. Robot friendly environments within the building enclosure are proposed and an analogy is made to natural ‘ecosystems’. Detail design issues are discussed, including the relationships that might occur between robots, building users and maintenance engineers. The concept is speculative in that it presents some of the implications of a mode of actuation that is radically different from the usual.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): environmental control; façade; robot
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