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Colored and Patterned Solar Building Skin

Building Integrated Photovoltaics for Creative and Sustainable Urban Design

The characteristics of conventional Building Integrated Photovoltaics modules have been modified in colour and appearance which has opened up a whole new avenue in creative, innovative and sustainable urban designs. This project is organized to display the approach to coloured BIPV wherein good architectural form is given to function and applied to make PV electricity part of our natural and cultural environment.

With technological advancements, the characteristics of conventional Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) modules have been modified in colour and appearance which has opened up a whole new avenue in creative, innovative and sustainable designs. The coloured and patterned solar panels form a paradigm shift in solar applications because of its aesthetic appeal and power generating attributes. Coloured and patterned BIPV solutions could be adapted in variety of materials, colours and shapes that can be seen today in the center of cities, where a diversity of buildings from different eras and construction solutions coexist with each other. 

Innovative design of solar modules would enable new possibilities for integration into new and old buildings, historical sites, public urban spaces, landscapes and media façade. The coloured PV modules provide the PV community with a new, more cultural duty where they can deliver more than just electricity. This activity builds a research team that that is strong in the BIPV, building, and creative design to explore the opportunities of applying coloured and patterned BIPV in creative and sustainable urban designs. It is organized to display the approach to coloured BIPV wherein good architectural form is given to function and applied to make PV electricity part of our natural and cultural environment.

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Rebecca Yang
Senior Lecturer
School: Construction Management

RMIT staff profile
rebecca.yang@rmit.edu.au

Rebecca Yang has developed a strong and passionate commitment to industry-focused research and teaching. Her research resonates with RMIT’s vision of transforming the built environment to create sustainable and resilient cities, and her current research focuses on solar energy applications in buildings, and construction innovation. She is the leader of Solar Energy Application Group. She is the leader of Solar Energy Application Group and the Australian expert in International Energy Agency PVPS Task 15 BIPV.

VVet-n-VVild-VVIFI

Holistic Computing Aesthetics Network

Working towards exhibition series of advanced prototypes for alt-infrastructure networks in 2021 and beyond, VVet-n-VVild-VVIFI are exemplar of how wireless technology impacts upon traditional exhibition-based practice. Radically intervening into public space through the aesthetic application of networking infrastructure in diverse social settings, alternative routes along which other information can potentially travel.

Communicate, publish and connect with lovingly handcrafted uncanny networks, no service providers, a network may stand alone from the www via solar-charged and battery-powered alt-infrastructure. Creating intimate dens of subnode Intranets, peer to peer networking, autonomous internet beacons, decentring the passage of information and art in diverse social settings, alternative routes along which other information can potentially travel. The focus of the project is not to create a subnet/​subnode (although that info is enabled), but to make internet beacons as the a source of information, as an alternative to the internet super highway’ of roadkill. By exploring the innovative capacities and critical implications in the production of computational technology specifically through experiential prototyping, critical dialogue PDA proposes alternative net-affinities. 

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Nancy Mauro-Flude is
Lecturer
School: Digital Design Cluster

RMIT staff profile
nancy.flude@rmit.edu.au

Nancy Mauro-Flude is an artist and theorist. Administer of a home-brewed feminist web server, she leads the Holistic Computing Network Research group and practices experiential pedagogy, in her role as coordinator Emerging Digital/​Media Cultures, Bachelor of Design (Digital Media), College of Design and Social Context @RMIT University. Mauro-Flude’s research contributes to the interdisciplinary space of feminist science and technology studies, computer subculture and performance art. Her artworks radically intervenes into public space by the aesthetic application of networking infrastructure, playfully and critically she experiments with signal transmission in order to draw upon contested knowledges and advance broader understandings emergent technologies as they arise as key actors in our embodied life.

Transforming Motorways' Noise Barriers

A biophilic soundscape system to reduce noise and air pollution and improve livability.

Transforming Motorways’ Noise Barriers brings a holistic and innovative approach to transforming the existing motorways’ noise barriers through a unique low maintenance breathable greening system and a transformation and a biophilic soundscape system. 

Our transformative approach to Motorways’ Noise Barriers will create ecological buffers and corridors to reduce air pollution, transform noise and improve the livability of the surrounding community and drivers.

As ecological buffers and corridors” that encourages biodiversity with its endemic vegetation, addresses habitat fragmentation, negate Heat Island Effect and enjoy better access to the adjacent parks and pathways.

The modular retrofit system will meet the following: 

  1. Reducing Air Pollution: Through dense endemic vegetation to absorb CO2 and other emissions from cars. Using solar panels to power lights on motorways, adjacent parks and paths. 
  2. Reducing Noise Pollution: By transforming and adding an augmented Biophilic Soundscape system that converts disruptive motorways’ noise into a more pleasant sound and augments the subtle sound of the Biota. 
  3. Improving Livability: Through reintegration of biodiversity, dense vegetation and noise reduction, the newly transformed noise barrier will protect the livability of the surrounding community.

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Jordan Lacey
VC Research Fellow
School: School of Design

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jordan.lacey@rmit.edu.au

Dr Jordan Lacey is a transdisciplinary creative practice researcher and DECRA Fellow in the School of Design at RMIT University. He is the author of Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design (Bloomsbury 2016), and various articles, which explore the role of sound installations in transforming urban life. Originally a musician and sound-artist, Jordan has become increasingly focused on the urban environment as evolving into sites-of-encounter that might exceed the typical day-to-day functions of city life. He has produced numerous sound art installations, funded by government and industry partners, that seek to influence approaches to urban design. Recently, he has become interested in posthuman critical theory as a means to question the meaning of being human in a changing world, and the ways in which sonic practices might contribute to this conversation.

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Rebecca Yang
Construction Management

Rebecca Yang has developed a strong and passionate commitment to industry-focused research and teaching. Her research resonates with RMIT’s vision of transforming the built environment to create sustainable and resilient cities, and her current research focuses on solar energy applications in buildings, and construction innovation. She is the leader of Solar Energy Application Group. She is the leader of Solar Energy Application Group and the Australian expert in International Energy Agency PVPS Task 15 BIPV.