Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Selah Uddin


Although rudimentary kinetic architecture types were displayed in the Middle Ages the original definition of Kinetic Architecture was coined in 1970 By Engineer and Architect William Zuk. This has led us to a more modern definition of “buildings that are designed to allow parts of the structure to move, without reducing overall structural integrity. Due to technological advancements and design innovation architecture is now able to incorporate movement and responsive gestures to environmental and human interaction. Now, why is this important? Uniquely, kinetic architecture gives built structures the opportunity to adapt to their environments in more ways than one, similar to humans. Typically, kinetic movement is justified through enhancing environmental sustainability, and this is presented in a facade or skin of some kind. But what if there was more to offer from kinetic architecture? Such as inclusivity, accessibility, and a physical and emotional connection to the built environment. The goal of my thesis is to demonstrate how Kinetic architecture can be implemented to make outside public space a more enjoyable and comfortable experience for all regardless of ability.

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