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  • Environmental Performance of Adaptive Building Envelope Design

    Since the first construction in 1962, apartment housing represented modernity and quickly became a ubiquitous urban housing typology in the midst of Korea’s rapid economic growth. As the city stepped into the 21st century, the old slab typology—criticized for their lack of diversity and low density, adapted a new housing model from North American urban residential schemes—the mega glass tower. Energy consumption of the new tower typology has doubled from the linear slab model due to the increase in glazing ratio, the application of tinted green double glazing in replacement of clear double glazing, and the irregular orientation of the floor plans. This research analyzes the environmental performance of the new tower typology in comparison to the previous slab typology with the objective to improve the quality of future urban housing design and planning in Seoul. (AA School of Architecture, published)