'Breathable' metal could make air conditioning obsolete

Doris Kim Sung is a bioarchitecture student (that's a thing, right?) who has been working with thermo-bimetals, "smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change." These adaptable materials could change the way buildings are designed in the future, by making them more responsive to the outside temperature. Just like clothing or human skin, buildings themselves could have a system that automatically "breathes" to regulate internal temperatures without relying on expensive and wasteful heating or air conditioning systems.

Doris tested her dynamic building concept with a 2011 art installation in Los Angeles called "Bloom."

The installation is 20 feet tall and made with 14,000 completely unique pieces of thermo-bimetal, a smart material made of two different metals laminated together. This metal is dynamic and responsive, curling as air temperatures rise, resulting in a beautiful sculpture that breathes.

Watch the video below to hear Doris explain her breathable metal and why it would be a step forward for building design.

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