In an interesting architectural piece from Roland Piquepaille's post Architecture and 'robotic ecologies' the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture has started a new program about 'robotic ecologies':
"This research is not just about architectural machines that move. It is about groups of architectural machines that move with intelligence." Apparently, buildings tracking our movements and adapting their shape or texture according human presence are not far fetched. Maybe one day, we'll talk to our homes and they'll answer...
picture courtesy of Roland Piquepaille's site
Above is a picture of "Super Galaxy, a NYC Tropospheric Refuge." This is "a high-rise apartment complex that's constantly in motion and responds to the needs of its inhabitants."
Read more over at Architecture and 'robotic ecologies'