Actuated Matter

exploring the application of smart materials in architecture


The Actuated Matter Workshop explored the application of smart materials in architecture with respect to their ability to transform architecture into an “Emotive Environment”, a space that relates to its inhabitants in an emotive and responsive way. The focus was placed on the capabilities and limitations of materials themselves in generating kinetic, visual and acoustic feedback. The goal was to endow artificial spaces with some of the qualities of a natural environment in which perceptual, behavioral, emotional and social processes are interrelated and arise from its intrinsic properties. Natural environments grow, evolve and internalize the history of the actions and situations that occur within them, whereas technological systems tend toward perfection, predictability and permanence. The question arises on how we could incorporate aspects of organic systems within the new materials and new architectures?

Institute
IAD Interaction Design, Zurich University of the Arts

Team
Katrin Bächli, Urban Bieri, Szilveszter Buzasi, Allison Dryer, Luke Franzke, Laura Kaehr, Moritz Kemper, Roman Kirschner, Jorge Orozco, Barbara Peikert, Margrit Rieben, Maria Smigielska, Andrés Villa Torres, Silvan Zurbruegg

Supervision
Karmen Franinovic, Florian Wile Interaction Design group, DDE, Zurich University of the Arts
Mathias Gmachl, Rachel Wingfield Loop.pH design studio
Manuel Kretzer Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ITA, ETH, Zürich
Daniel Bisig Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, DMU, Zurich University of the Arts

Support
Romano Kirschbaumer and Jorge Ellert (Ulano Corp.), Christa Jordi (EMPA)


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