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Brief Published: 16 Dec 2010



Shapeshift explores the application of electro-active polymers on an architectural scale. An electro-active polymer is a flexible and lightweight material that can change size and shape when stimulated by an electric field.

Shapeshift could act as a living skin of a building that can dynamically adapt to external conditions. It is a perfect material for soft, responsive architecture of the future and could replace conventional motors and hydraulics.

It’s the result of a collaboration between Zurich’s chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.