Project with Fibrenamics participation wins International Prize at Techtextil Frankfurt
Luani Costa, Master in Construction and Sustainable Rehabilitation, won one of the prizes of the 14th Student Competition “Textile Structures For New Building” from Techtextil 2017 - International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens. The winning project was developed in the scope of the master's thesis “Development of Architectural Structure for Intelligent and Active Textile in Flexion” and had the guidance of Professor Raul Fangueiro, coordinator of the International Fibrenamics Platform, and the co-supervision of Professor Luís F. Ramos, from Civil Engineering Department of UMinho.
Luani Costa, architect and currently at the University of Minho, was thus distinguished by the development of an intelligent architectural panel, using an active flexing structure and multifunctional textile materials integrated in the principle of kinetic architecture.
The project corresponds to a structural solution - a panel - inspired by the leaves of the plants that can be incorporated into new constructions or in the rehabilitation of existing buildings, in order to be applied to facades or roofs, or in other similar situations. Using the concept of kinetic architecture integrated with textile membranes, the panel adapts easily to environmental conditions, such as wind, rain, sunlight, as well as to the needs of users, through the flexible behavior of materials, enabling a better functional performance in buildings.
Supported and sponsored by the international association TensiNet, in addition to the partnership established with the Architonic platform, this contest is intended for students and young professionals in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Product Design or related areas, valuing ideas and innovative solutions to current problems , through projects incorporating textile materials.