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Recharging the Façade


Recharging the Façade

Recharging the Façade

This project investigates the design and development of a new, power generating building construction assembly that ambitiously and radically challenges existing methods of installing solar power technologies.

Rather than designing costly and foreign installation processes, an innovative design method has been created that affordably allows any building, in remote or urban environments, to be powered by their walls.

Forum Details

Economy of Sustainable Construction
April 10 to April 13, 2013

Project Details
Holcim Forum Prize
Highly commended
Student Poster Competition
Alexander Keller
Main Author
Alexander Keller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
Holcim Foundation

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