If you are one to break into architectural studios in the middle of the night, think twice about breaking into dO|Su in Los Angeles. There, its principal Doris Sung keeps her collection of critters, self-propelled, self-assembling, super-smart thermal bi-metal robots — requiring no batteries, just space enough to perform their backflips, scooches, summersaults and other behaviors that collectively would freak out any intruder at 3 a.m.

But all is not fun and games for these acrobatic inventions. 

Architect Doris Sung

Sung has put them to work making self-shading windows, using no energy, wiring, or computer controls, “just geometry.” Sure, you can always close the blinds, or use Low-E film, but things will get darker and you will lose visibility. With Sung’s robots…

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