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Rethinking Building Skins - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128224779

Rethinking Building Skins

1st Edition

Transformative Technologies and Research Trajectories

Editors: Eugenia Gasparri Arianna Brambilla Gabriele Lobaccaro Francesco Goia Annalisa Andaloro Alberto Sangiorgio MEng
Paperback ISBN: 9780128224779
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 300
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Table of Contents

Eugenia Gasparri

Part I: Product Innovation
1. Rethinking Solar Façades
Francesco Frontini
2. Biomimetic Adaptive Building Skins: Design and Performance
A. Kuru
3. Interactive Media Façades
Martin Tomitsch
4. Embedded Control for Advanced Façades
Francesco Goia
5. Advanced Fenestration Systems: Technologies, Integration, and Performance
Fabio Favoino
6. Rethinking United Façades: Towards Modular High-Performance Timber Envelopes
Eugenia Gasparri
7. Urban Overheating Mitigation Through Facades
Francesco Fiorito
8. Food Security and Façades
Abel Tablada
9. Advancing Transparency
Lisa Rammia
10. The Building Envelope: Failing to Understand Complexity in Tall Building Design
J.L. Torero

Part II: Process Innovation
11. Knowledge-Based Engineering in Façade Design
Michele Sauchelli
12. Additive Skin Systems: Trends and Future Perspectives
R. Naboni
13. Could the Mass-Customization be the Convergent Vision for the Digital Transformation of the Building
Gabriele Pasetti Monizza
14. Robotic Installation of Prefabricated Façade Modules
Kepa Iturralde
15. Façade-as-a-Service
J.F. Azcarate-Aguerre
16. Life Cycle Assessment in Façade Design
L. Hildebrand
17. Circular Economy in Façades
M.K. Kragh
18. Industrialized Renovation
T. Konstantinou
19. Inverse Design for Advanced Building Skin Design and Operation
Francesco Goia
20. Resilience by Design: Building Façades for Tomorrow
M. Patterson

Part III: Interviews


Rethinking Building Skins: Transformative Technologies and Research Trajectories details the latest research, trends and solutions in the field. it is designed to guide the reader in translating research into practice, including guidance on the main regulations and available best practices that will help researchers and practitioners gain an overview of the most important literature. Sections define the performance requirements for a facade, discuss available solutions and performance criteria, and cover building regulation constraints, all with the help of case studies. In addition, users will find content on the advantages and disadvantages of current solutions, along with implementation and innovation tactics.

The book then considers various research trajectories with a clear reference to methods, findings, and impacts on practice. It also includes interviews with key figures in the field. This title offers a clear, objective, evidence-based view of the state-of-the-art in facade engineering.

Key Features

  • Gives an objective view of façade engineering from the perspectives of research and industry
  • Provides analyses of different research trajectories and insights from leaders in the field
  • Draws up a framework of available façade solutions ranked according to fixed criteria
  • Connects specialist areas in façade design to one another and emphasizes practical applications
  • Considers performance criteria, policy frameworks and market opportunities in façade engineering


Researchers in applied building physics, facade fabrication, architectural technology, and building engineering; Professionals working in facade engineering, facade consultancy, facade design, and building engineering. Graduate students of façade engineering, architecture, building physics, construction, fabrication, architectural technology, and aligned areas


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About the Editors

Eugenia Gasparri

Eugenia Gasparri is a lecturer in architectural technologies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research experience is in the field of sustainable construction, with a focus on envelope design, building prefabrication and mass-timber buildings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Architectural Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia

Arianna Brambilla

Arianna Brambilla is Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney. Her research field lies at the merging borders of architecture, construction, building physics, and engineering, drawing upon the different disciplines to assess and interpret construction as a holistic concept, with a strong focus on sustainability and performance assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Australia

Gabriele Lobaccaro

Gabriele Lobaccaro is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. His research focuses on solar design and environmental analysis, urban planning strategies, energy and building technology, façade engineering and sustainable architecture.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Francesco Goia

Francesco Goia is a professor of building physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. His research focuses on advanced building envelopes and services providing high energy efficiency and indoor climate performance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Building Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Annalisa Andaloro

Annalisa Andaloro is a senior researcher in envelope technologies at EURAC Research, focusing on system integration and project economics. She coordinates an executive international training course on façade architecture, construction and engineering (FACE).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, EURAC Research, European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Alberto Sangiorgio MEng

Alberto Sangiorgio is an associate at Grimshaw Architects in Sydney, where he operates as a façade engineer and sustainability team leader. He has extensive international experience in the design, optimisation and construction of building envelopes, with a focus on high-performance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate, Grimshaw Architects, Sydney, Australia