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dc.contributor.authorKlasz, Walter
dc.contributor.authorBacher, Michael
dc.contributor.authorWoodruffe, Paul
dc.description.abstractContemporary architecture and product design is confronted with a rapidly increasing offer of new materials and technologies. At the same time a growing consciousness can be observed that some established solutions need a fundamental change in regard to sustainability. This paper discusses self-formation as a method for sustainable innovation on the basis of three projects that have been recently realized: A Cloud for Fresh Snow – a commissioned research lab to produce artificial snow, the production of kayaks and the art project Baetsch in the City. A Cloud for Fresh Snow is a collaborative project at the interface of engineering research, economic innovation and architectural design. As climate is about to change and average temperatures appear to increase most skiing areas invest a lot of money to artificially produce snow to guarantee winter tourism. Hence, the economy of skiing regions strongly dependents on the technology for snow making. As the current technology requires a lot of energy and water, fundamentally new approaches are investigated – as done by Michael Bacher, CEO of In collaboration with Walter Klasz a cloud for fresh snow was developed - an invention, that not only produces perfect powder snow, but also presents a groundbreaking sustainable design. A self-formed lightweight construction provides space in which snowflakes can emerge, form and grow bigger. Compared to classical technologies only a reduced amount of energy is needed to provide the boundary conditions for the creation of a natural cloud, allowing the formation of real ice crystals (dendrites). The construction of the cloud itself is based on bended wood in a self-found equilibrium with minimal surface membranes. This self-found equilibrium, the self-formation process, can be used as a general design method, which is shown as well in the two other projects presented in this paper.en_NZ
dc.publisherEdA International Journalen_NZ
dc.rightsCopyright. EdA International Journal allows the authors to retain publishing rights and the copyright without restrictions.en_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand*
dc.subjectCloud for Fresh Snow (Design project)en_NZ
dc.subjectsnow makingen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainable designen_NZ
dc.subjectenergy conservationen_NZ
dc.subjectartificial snowen_NZ
dc.titleSelf formation and innovationen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationKlasz, W., Bacher, M., & Woodruffe, P. (2015). Self formation and innovation. Esempi Di Architettura : International Journal of Architecture and Engineering, 2035-7982, 2(2), pp.75 - 82.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUniversity of Innsbruck, Austriaen_NZ
unitec.institutionSnow-Competence-Center (Austria)en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleEsempi Di Architettura : International Journal of Architecture and Engineeringen_NZ

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