When? Where? Who?

When  /  November 07, 2017

Where  /  Pinakothek der Moderne – Architekturmuseum – TUM Department of Architecture, Munich, Germany

Who  /  The conference addresses creative and innovative professionals and researchers at the forefront of facade design. We will discuss tasks and issues in research, design and manufacturing of high-performance building envelopes. Participants will gain new perspectives on, and an enhanced insight into developments and research in design and engineering for tomorrow’s advanced building skins.

COST Action TU1403

The ne-xt facades conference places the focus on adaptive facades: In the same way as natural organism adapt to their environment, adaptive facades are able to adapt to changing dynamic climatic conditions.


The COST Action TU1403 ‘Adaptive Facade Network’ is an international scientific network with the aim to harmonise, share and disseminate technological knowledge on adaptive facades on an European level.


The ne-xt facades conference is the official International Mid-term Conference
of the European COST Action TU1403 ‘Adaptive Facade Network’

During the mid-term conference first results will be presented to stakeholders from industry and design and the public. The goal is to share knowledge and discuss novel facade concepts, effective evaluation tools and design methods for adaptive facades.


Three working groups within the COST Action are dealing with

  1. the development of new technologies and concepts for adaptive facades.
  2. multi-disciplinary characterization methods of novel adaptive facade technologies and concepts at a component level
  3. whole-life evaluation methods of novel adaptive facade at the building level and building/user integration.


To download the Posterbook ‘Adaptive facade network Europe’ follow the link >

For more information on the COST Program and the COST Action just click on logos below:


Science meets Practice

Researchers as well as planners and professionals in the facade industry are all involved in developing concepts and technologies to increase interior comfort and reduce the energy consumption of buildings. It needs an integrated effort to provide successful and holistic concepts in the development, design and construction and to create a new type of architecture by bridging the disciplines of.


At the ne-xt facades conference you are welcome to meet multinational participants from all over Europe: architects, structural and mechanical engineers, facade engineers, specialists in building physics and energy design, material developers, researchers and manufacturers.

With that unique forum of outstanding experts we will discuss new developments and technologies for the design and manufacturing of high-performance adaptive building envelopes.




Session 1 – New Functionalities

Increase in adaptivity of facades leads to new facade functionalities such as shape changing or adapting material properties, function enlargement by  integrating HVAC systems or photovoltaics. Session 1 aims at analysing the state of the art of adaptive facades and cast a view ahead of future possibilities.

Session 2 – Digital Environments

This second session targets new digital developments and tools for the design, testing and monitoring of facades. It explores new concepts control, self-organisation, IT and the internet of things.

Session 3 – Climate Response

An optimized interior comfort and savings in operational energy is one of the main drivers for adaptivity in building envelopes. The session looks at new means of achieving and evaluating the desired performance. One important aspect is how that is done technically: By using high-tech versus low-tech solutions.

Session 4 – The Architectural Challenge

The implementation of new adaptive materials, components and facades always falls in the context of architectural design. But how are design and technology geared towards holistic new built applications? What is the role of the different stakeholders and how can the process of creating new innovative adaptive facades be organised?


Time Schedule / Speakers

08.30                  Reception

08.45                  Opening

09.00 – 09.30   Introduction Lecture Frank Kaltenbach

09.30 – 11.00   Session 1 – New Functionalities

Desired morphology in energy capture and storage advanced facades
Mark Alston PhD – University Salford

Exploitation of shape memory materials in sun adaptive user-controllable building façades
Andrea Pilla – Politecnic di Milano

Connected glass for adaptive facade design
Stefan Lips – AGC INTERPANE Glas Deutschland GmbH

Solar thermal venetian blinds – transparency, user comfort and solar energy in one
Paul Denz – Facade Lab GmbH

Modular element façade renovation with integrated duct design
Zemitis Jurgis – Riga Technical University

Architectural concepts of an adaptive solar facade as retrofit and building integrated solutions
Ioanna Stavrou – ETH Zürich

11.00 – 11.30     Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00     Session 2 – Digital Environments

From passive to active – the building enclosure’s role in sustainable design
Roman Schieber – Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering

Interactive knowledge-bases to support façade design
Jacopo Montali – University of Cambridge

Characterization of adaptive opaque facades
Juaristi Miren – University of Navarra

An advanced integrated simulation procedure to evaluate the performance of adaptive glazings
Fabio Favoino – Eckersley O’Callaghan

Towards the application of adaptive glazing systems
Marzena Husser – ILEK, University of Stuttgart

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30     Session 3 – Climate Response

Evaluation of adaptive facades: A case study with electrochromic glazing
Shaddy Attia – SBD Lab, Univeristé de Liège

Research on contemporary climatically active solar facades with the integration of the advanced material solutions
Miroslav Čekon – Brno University of Technology

Integrated solutions for daylight management systems
Lazarus Tsartsidis – MHZ Hachel GmbH

Solar energy balanced facade
Thomas Wüest – Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art

The architecture of the well-tempered environment 2.0
Matthias Rudolf – ABK Stuttgart/Transsolar

15.30 – 16.00     Afternoon Networking Break

16.30 – 18.00     Session 4 – The Architectural Challenge

The dream of daylight – water flow glazing
Daniel Pfanner – Bollinger + Grohmann

Preadaptation – Knowledge-based design & engineering applications
Jürgen Heinzel – Senior Architect UN Studio, Knowledge-based Design & Engineering

Adaptive building envelopes and structures for tomorrow’s built environment
Walter Haase – Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design

18.00 – 19.00    Panel Discussion

19.00                  Drinks and Networking

Conference Organization

The conference is organized by
Matej Banozic, Philipp Molter, Moritz Mungenast, Oliver Englhardt and Tillmann Klein

in cooperation with
 > COST Action TU1403 Adaptive Facade Network
TUM University of Technology Munich
 > Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Building Envelope
  > Architekturmuseum / Pinakothek der Moderne

Scientific Committee

We have the pleasure to announce the formation of the International Scientific Committtee:

Laura Aelenei Dr., National Energy and Geology Laboratory (LNEG), Portugal
Shady Attia, Prof. Dr., Université de Liège, Belgium
Francesco Goia, Ass. Prof. Dr., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Ulrich Knaack, Prof. Dr.-Ing., Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Enrico Sergio Mazzucchelli Dr.-Ing., Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Aleksandra Krstic-Furundzic, Prof. Dr., University of Belgrade, Serbia
Mauro Overend, Dr., Cambridge University, United Kingdom
Frank Wellershoff, Prof. Dr.-Ing., HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany
Roko Zarnic, Prof. Dr., University of Ljubljana, Slowenia

Conference Venue

  • Architekturmuseum TUM / Pinakothek der Moderne / Ernst von Siemens Auditorium




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