Introduction to kinetic facades

Beginner's guide to climate responsive facades and design process

What you will learn:


This is a beginner level course. There are no prerequisites.


This course is approved for 0.5 GBCI Continuation Education (CE) credits. After completing the course you can report your credit towards LEED credential maintenance.

For a long period of time, architecture had been considered ‘static’ for most purposes. However, starting from basic individual ‘moving elements’ like doors, windows, elevators, etc., technology has helped architects to design buildings that move as a whole or a part. Kinetic elements have more commonly found expression as media and interactive facades. This course covers many interesting examples of facades.

Further, integration of kinetics into the façade in order to modulate daylight, shading and/or ventilation have taken the climate responsive design to the next level. Not only such buildings are interactive, they serve specific functions to enhance occupant comfort with reduced energy use. This course will enumerate interesting projects having climate responsive facades.

The dynamic nature of such facades requires that the design process to be iterative assessing numerous design and functional parameters to arrive at a optimized solutions. An example of such a performative design process using a suite of simulation tools is discussed in the last module of the course. 

The course is structured in 6 modules with two instructors and a moderator. This content is highly visual and engaging. At the end of the course, you can confidently identify what kinetic facades are and the iterative design process that is required to design such facades. 

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Course Reviews

"just loved it"

-Riya mehta

"Its really useful session to know about Kinetic Architecture and know about simulation results how the dynamic facade gives good climatic responsive"



-Twinkle Vaniawala

"Great learing expereince,easily accesable from the mobile phone. Provide alot of information about the kinetic facades"

-Aman jangwal