a self-sufficient architectural vision

Phototropia is part of an ongoing series on the application of smart materials in an architectural context and was realized in April 2012
by the Master of Advanced Studies class at the Chair for CAAD.

It merges self-made electro-active polymers, screen-printed electroluminescent displays, eco-friendly bioplastics and thin-film dye-sensitized
solar cells into an autonomous installation that produces all its required energy from sunlight and responds to user presence through moving and
illuminating elements. The generated energy is stored in batteries below the platform and then distributed via microcontrollers to the respective elements.

Phototropia is a proposal for an experimental architecture that can decay while actively being renewed, as a response to our times of tremendous
globalization, increased connectivity and digital identity.


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special thanks to:
Luke Franzke, Florian Wille / ZHdK IAD
Paul Liska / EPFL LPI
Andrei Prutaneu, Agostino di Figlia / TU Delft ES group
Jorge Ellert / ULANO Corp.
Beat Karrer / Studio Beat Karrer
John Meschter / G24 Innovations