“Behnaz FARAHI BOUZANJANI: How might we imagine a space that—over time—can build up an understanding of its users through their bodily gestures, visual expressions and rituals of behavior, and respond accordingly? In other words, how might we envision a genuinely interactive space whose form and physical configuration can respond to and learn from its users, and vice versa?

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This project addresses these questions. It looks at the interface between remote sensing, interactive media and architecture to explore the possibility of an interactive environment that both conditions and responds to the user’s movements and emotions (…)Such an architecture could be described as an “Alloplastic architecture.”

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“Tensegrity structures are, of course, nothing new. What is new, however, is the potential for these structures to adapt and change their form. In this project I used Shape Memory Alloy [SMA] springs and other devices that have come to operate as “muscles” that can realign a structure within a constant overall equilibrium that is maintained as other springs or expandable elements adjust their length to compensate for that initial movement, thereby reconfiguring the entire structure.

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Another device that was explored in this project was the use of the Kinetic motion sensing device. Not only can this device begin to recognize bodily movements and judge distance and depth, but it also has the capacity to learn from users and adapt to them with time.”

By Danya Hakky

Courtesy of  Behnaz Farahi

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