Elena Vazquez

Elena Vazquez
University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte · School of Architecture

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Elena Vazquez, PhD. is a computational designer, educator, and a research fellow at UNC Charlotte. Her work focuses on smart materials for adaptive buildings, and it has been supported by the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. Her interdisciplinary research has won awards such as the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

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Publications (20)
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Smart materials or systems are characterized by having built-in sensors and actuators, adjusting their properties in response to external stimulus. The rapid development of these technologies presents an immense opportunity for designers and architects to provide innovative and creative solutions for adaptive buildings. However, there are several c...
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This paper is a description of a hybridized digital and analog workflow for reusing waste corrugated cardboard as a building material. The work explores a combination of digital design and analog fabrication tools to create a workflow that would help designers/builders to negotiate with the material variability of waste cardboard. The workflow disc...
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Shape-changing materials have become increasingly popular among architects in designing responsive systems. One of the greatest challenges of designing with these materials is their dynamic nature, which requires architects to design with the fourth dimension, time. This article presents a study that formalizes the shape-changing behavior of three-...
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In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in shape-changing smart materials in design fields. The ability to design responsive architectures that adapt to different climatic conditions is, without doubt, an appealing idea. One area in which shape-changing materials are applied is in the design of building skins or envelopes. This paper...
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Masonry screen walls are architectural elements made from bricks that create different patterns to provide shade and natural ventilation to buildings. This paper presents a digital framework for the design of masonry screen walls, whose performance as environmental control elements is optimized while complying with vernacular construction rules. Th...
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Bistable laminates are composite structures that exhibit more than one static configuration, showing a "snap-through" behaviour that results from residual stresses generated during the curing process. This study focuses on finding adequate fibre and laminate arrangements for bistable laminates used in functional kinetic shadings. We present a study...
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Kinetic façade systems can adjust to different environmental conditions, thereby improving daylight performance in buildings. Bistable laminates present large deflections and can maintain their state without continuous energy supply, appealing features for kinetic applications. Nevertheless, these engineered materials have yet to be studied for the...
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In this paper, we present a workflow developed for designing with and scaling-up new materials in architecture through an iterative cycle of materialization and testing. The framework establishes a connection between design requirements and form, taking advantage of different scales in new materials known as micro, meso, and macroscale in the proce...
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In this paper, we present a study for a 3D printed responsive wood interface in which we employed a scientific approach to assess the effects of various 3D printing parameters on shape-change. A full factorial design of experiments is conducted to determine the variables that maximize hygromorphic response. Analyzing the results of the experiments,...
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The project presented in this paper is part of a research project that investigates the reuse of waste cardboard as a building material for low-cost housing. The study combines craft-based production and digital-based tools. It implements a shape grammar formalism as a tool for structuring the design of a modular, customized house, including the ge...
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El objetivo de este artículo es proveer un análisis de la vida y obra de uno de los precursores de la arquitectura de Paraguay en la segunda mitad del siglo veinte: Arturo C. Herreros (n. 1927). Herreros fue parte de la primera promoción de arquitectos egresados en Paraguay en 1963, formados en la Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Nacional...
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The study presented in this paper is part of ongoing research that is exploring how digital design tools and technologies can support waste cardboard reuse for manufacturing architectural elements in a context of scarcity. For this study, we explore the use of a parametric design tool to design and fabricate three different architectural components...
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This paper presents the initial stages of a research that aims to develop hydroactive architectural skin systems that respond to environmental humidity. As part of this study, we have developed wood-based bio-composite materials that are 3D printed with wood filament. Shape-changing behavior is not predictable in advance. We developed customized 3D...
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This paper examines how mediated translations that embrace indeterminacy-from design to fabrication-can enhance material and tactile explorations. It investigates a dialogue between a digital environment that supports the design process, and fabrication processes that combine tools that are both precise (the robot) and indeterminate (casting/formin...
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Today, non-standardized brick masonry surfaces can be designed using parametric design tools and materialized with the help of automated fabrication protocols. These automated machinery, however , are not widely accessible, especially in developing countries where manual labor, local materials and conventional methods are preferred. This paper pres...
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The purpose of this work is to contribute to recompose the historic and architectonic background of the first generation of graduate architects from the “Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Nacional de Asunción”, starting from the rescue of any graphic documentation of their academic and professional projects, as well as making interviews wh...

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