Shutters is a soft kinetic membrane for environmental control and communication. It is composed of actuated louvers (or shutters) that can be individually addressed for precise control of ventilation, daylight incidence and information display. By combining smart materials, textiles and computation, Shutters builds upon other facade systems to create living environments and work spaces that are more energy efficient, while being aesthetically pleasing and considerate of its inhabitant's activities.


Marcelo Coelho and Pattie Maes. “Shutters: A Permeable Surface for Environmental Control and Communication. ” In the Proceedings of the 3rd Tangible and Embedded Interaction Conference (TEI '09), 2009.   [PDF]

Marcelo Coelho, Ivan Poupyrev, Sajid Sadi, Roel Vertegaal, Joanna Berzowska, Leah Buechley, Pattie Maes and Neri Oxman. “Programming Reality: From Transitive Materials to Organic User Interfaces. ” Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09). Boston, MA, USA., April 2009.   [PDF]