Thesis defence M. Bilow: International facades - CROFT

23 April 2012 | 15:00
location: Aula TU Delft
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On 23 April 2012 Dipl.Ir. Marcel Bilow will be defending his doctoral thesis ‘International façades - CROFT. Climate Related Optimized Façade Constructions’.

Bilow conducted his research in the department of Architectural Engineering & Technology (in formation) of the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. His promotor and copromotor are Prof. U. Knaack and Prof. A.C.J.M. Eekhout.

Thesis ‘International Façades’

‘International Façades’ evaluates combinations of façade typologies and mechanical service components with regard to their suitability in the international planning business. These combinations are intended to provide support to the architect in the early planning phase. Europe currently leads the international market in façade construction. The designs of such façades are frequently exported to other countries and climate zones, but often misunderstood, causing a variety of problems. In addition to an overview of vernacular architecture, a façade expert tool was developed to determine the demands and requirements of the local climate, making it possible to select a low energy and comfortable façade solution in combination with mechanical service components. The thesis concludes by proposing some innovative concepts, which show further development potential. 

Marcel Bilow

Marcel Bilow was born in Bielefeld, Germany and studied architecture at the Detmolder Schule für Architektur (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe). After having served as an apprentice bricklayer for three years, Bilow co-founded the architectural office ‘raum204’. From 2004-2008 he worked under the chair of Design and Construction held by Prof.Ulrich Knaack at Hochschule OWL. Since 2006 he has been doing research within the TU Delft Façade Research Group, first as an external researcher and later as a PhD researcher with Prof. Ulrich Knaack as his promoter. In 2008 Bilow co-founded imagine envelope B.V.

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