To meet human comfort needs, the third skin (or building envelope) is crafted over time in response to environmental conditions such as heat and light. In contemporary architecture, a heavy dependence on air conditioning highlights how architects have forgotten certain basic environmental design principles.
During the second week of the fall 2014 semester, freshman Environmental Design students designed as screens a translator of the unseen into the visible. As a mediator between the outside and inside, their permeable screens allowed people to perceive the outside world as it reveals gentle changes of light quality in the environment. In this sense, their designs acted as representatives and not barriers.
Their designs provided an enhanced level of control of light and sight on a south-facing window. By mitigating direct light and heat in an architectural space, their designs attempted to function as shades and cast subtle shadows on the surrounding surfaces.