This project profile is part of a series from ARCHTECT and providing a sneak peek at the designs in progress for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, taking place Oct. 3-13 in Irvine, Calif. Project descriptions and videos are provided by each team.

Team SCI-Arc/Caltech: DALE, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment welcomes the Solar Decathlon 2013 to sunny Southern California. Inspired by the region’s wonderful climate, dramatic geography and adventurous lifestyle, SCI-Arc/Caltech’s net zero, rail-mounted active dwelling system carries the architectural tradition of the adobe, bungalow and Case Study Houses into the twenty-first century. Demonstrating advances in programmatic flexibility, climatic tuning, and size variability made possible by its unique capability for multi-scale/axis movement, DALE sits lightly but lives large, requiring less space and no net. Click here to read more.

Meet DALE from SciCal2013 on Vimeo.

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