Exhibit :: Live Curio :: September 9-24

(Curio house under construction, August 16, 2009. Photo: Richard Griswold)

Live Curio
Exhibition: September 9-24
Reception: Wednesday, September 23, 6-8pm*
320 Newbury St., McCormick Gallery

"The Curio house is an example of the next evolutionary leap in sustainable architecture. With the spatial separation of passive and active systems, and a user-friendly feedback display, the house re-humanizes the relationship between people and complex building systems. This makes it less intimidating and more accessible to the average American." -Colin Booth, Project Manager

Students from the Boston Architectural College and Tufts University have orchestrated a multidisciplinary team of almost 200 students from 12 majors, including various areas of design, engineering, and public policy. The result is a house that addresses a wide range of issues in a manner that everyone can relate to, the perfect representation of two schools driven by relevant, real-world solutions. The team has dedicated a large portion of their website to the sharing of their extensive research, fulfilling their mission of public engagement and education.

(PV Workshop with Dr. Richard Komp, August 2, 2009. The solar module, built by BAC students, will be on display in the exhibit. Photo: Jose Moreno)

The Curio house primarily uses accessible and affordable technologies, with two critical exceptions. The team worked with the Biomimicry Institute to develop a driving concept: that feedback is a critical part of any efficient organism, and something missing from today's human-building relationship. They have therefore developed a monitoring system that provides a wide range of feedback, via ambient lighting and a web-based and iPhone interface, both of which will be available to the public through www.livecurio.us.

The other unusual feature of the house is the "heat glass", a system visually identical to standard glazing. It provides temperature modulation in the summer, and free passive solar heat throughout the cold Boston winter nights, allowing for truly flexible indoor-outdoor living.

This exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

* The date of this reception was changed on September 8. The information is now current.