The Princeton Envelope Group (PEG) is a design and research unit at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Headed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and coordinated by Urtzi Grau. The unit is engaged in a three year research program on the Politics of the Building Envelope the conclusions of which will be published in a forthcoming book by Actar Press, Barcelona+New York.

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The paradigm of the decorated shed is turned inward to reconsider the possibilities of the ground plane and ceiling canopy.

The flat horizontal envelope offers the opportunity to supplant mechanical systems and produce architectural effects through its construction of interior climates.

Design guidelines for new public buildings explicitly divorice environmental contral from both architecture and the building envelope.As superindentent of all public education facilities in the state, the New Jersey School Construction Corporation has identified 25 design criterion that impart specific (and increasingly stringent) requirements on the performance of school buildings.

Design guidelines for new public buildings explicitly divorice environmental control from both architecture and the building envelope.This has effectively codified the paradigm of the decorated shed and reinforced its organizational principles. Frontality, objecthood, and isolation become drivers.

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