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.

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek AG
Stuttgart, Deutschland

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek AG
Stuttgart, Deutschland

Astrid Piber

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Astrid Piber

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Roman Schieber

Associate Director ppa.
Knippers Helbig
Stuttgart, Deutschland

Roman Schieber

Associate Director ppa.
Knippers Helbig
Stuttgart, Deutschland

Frank Kaltenbach

Institut für internationale Architektur Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Germany

COST Action TU1403

The ne-xt facades conference is setting 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 façade technologies and concepts at a component level
  3. whole-life evaluation methods of novel adaptive façade at the building level and building/user integration.

The main aim of the Action is to harmonise, share and disseminate technological knowledge on adaptive facades at a European level.


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

For more information to 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.




The program is organised in 4 sessions, each comprising four short lectures followed by a discussion. Researchers of the COST Action will exchange their ideas with representatives from practice.

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?


08.30                  Reception

08.45                  Opening

09.00 – 09.30    Introduction Lecture

09.30 – 11.00    Session 1 – New Functionalities

11.00 – 11.30     Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00     Session 2 – Digital Environments

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30     Session 3 – Climate Response

15.30 – 16.00     Afternoon Networking Break

16.30 – 18.00     Session 4 – The Architectural Challenge

18.00 – 19.00     Panel Discussion

19.00                   Drinks and Networking

Call for Abstracts and Posters

The conference topics focus on innovative design methods and technologies of adaptive facades as well as on research in the field of adaptive building envelopes. Based on this several sub-themes are defined.

Digital environments

IT and Sensor Technology Based Systems / Monitoring Systems / Digital Engineering and BIM / Simulation Tools and Testing Facilities / Façade Control and Interface Design / Adaptive Materials – Self-Assembly & Self-Organization / Cyberphysical Systems & Internet of Things

Functional Requirements

Adaptive Façade Technologies  / Integration of HVAC / Life Cycle Engineering / Multifunctional Façade Systems / Façade Refurbishment / Advanced Geometries / Maintenance and Service / Adaptive Façade Structures / User Centred Approach / Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Climate Response

Climate, Comfort, Bioclimatic Design / Energy Efficient and Daylight Design Concepts / Building Physics and Fire Protection

The Architectural Challenge

Design driven adaptivity / Process and Stakeholders / Façade Products and Services / Role of the Architect


Participants are welcome to send an abstract. These will be published in the conference proceedings.
Download: Template Abstract

Please note, that there will be a poster publication based on your abstracts. Your abstract should include a picture or graphics which will then be inserted in the poster book according to our layout.
Download: Poster Design Guide

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts (max. 600 words) and posters by October the 9th, 2017 on the registration platform.

The authors of the best ten abstracts chosen by the scientific committee will be invited to present at the conference and informed over the platform.




Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper for publication in the
Journal of Façade Design and Engineering (JFDE) and Glass Structures & Engineering (Springer).


Conference Fees

The conference fee applies to all participants, including authors and presenters.
Regular registration                  € 85.-
Early bird registration              € 65.-
Students (Bachelor, Master)   € 25,-
Please proceed to the registration platform. 
The conference registration platform will be available on the 01st October 2017.
Early bird registration is available till 01st November 2017.
The fee includes the conference proceedings, beverages and lunch.

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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Technical University of Munich
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