Date of Award
Master of Architecture
Bill A Simco
The purpose of this thesis is to explore how naturecould inform thermal regulation in buildings, and determineits architectural implications. Student housing, a major consumerof energy due to its density, was selected as a projectscenario. The temperate climate of the project locationposed additional challenges with its seasonal variation fromhot-humid summers to cold winters. Nature recommends adynamic response to a dynamic problem. Termite mounds became the inspiration because oftheir exceptional climate control. Dynamic response of thesystems came from two different types of termite mounds,one closed and another open. Combining the two resultedin dealing with multiple mechanisms. These multiple mechanisms enriched the buildingwith diverse materials and elements that helped addressthe monotony typical of a modular arrangement. This projectalso deals with transformation of those mechanisms intovalue-added elements.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Kasi, Krishna, "Biomimicry: Integration of Dynamic Thermal Regulation in Human Habitation" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 323.