Friday, June 15, 2007

Developing Responsive Architecture

Worldchanging notes in 'Living Glass and River Glow: Developing Responsive Architecture' that David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang are both architects who create what they call open source, incremental, small-scale architecture that engages the city:

A couple of weeks ago at Postopolis, a New York exhibition and conference on architecture, urbanism, landscape and design (of which our teammate Geoff Manaugh was an organizer), the pair presented two of their projects, Living Glass and River Glow, which utilize responsive technologies as a means of revealing the presence of CO2 and water pollutants, respectively. They categorize both as "Flash Research":

An architectural project that involves:

1. A budget under $1000
2. A duration of less than three months
3. Proof-of-concept through the creation of a full-scale functioning prototype

Living Glass involves a reactive, transparent surface with an infrared sensor and gills that open and shut as they detect the presence of humans and control air quality in a room.

Read more here....


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