Technology has really changed the way people approach various things today, including architecture. Now that the technology involved in architecture has evolved, various architects these days are going for new frontiers wherein architecture is generated through the writing of various algorithms and software. This interacts the physical mechanisms wherein it is built to respond according to its environment, thus evolving and adapting whenever necessary.
Here are some examples of what architectural projects and corresponding technologies can help change the whole face of architecture and how its use can foreplay architecture.
Responsive and Interactive Architecture
The setup on the physical level for its immersive design environment connects infrared motion sensors, multiple projectors, analysis software, and visualization. You will even witness the use of the Kinect motion sensors. These are used in creating the emergent visual effects. There will also be a view of a portal that tracks the participant and then opens up the views locally, and another is a bioresponsive building envelope wherein it blends on particular dynamic patterns and the distinct user interaction. This would be hard to explain without any visuals, but when you get your hands on this technology or find some videos online that gives you an overview on how these works, this will give you a good idea on how it works.
Recently, participants of a workshop have gone out beyond the development design software and started going for the interactive hardware. According to the Bioresponsive Building Envelopes at the Smartgeometry 2012, it developed a unique approach to designing various interactive facades.
With the use of projects, custom software, and Kinects, the team then made an interactive system that designs wherein it generated the building facade designs wherein it can actively reconfigure the basic patterns in responding and fluctuating bioclimatic flows and at the same time adjust to the visuals that are changing for its occupants. This is based on the newly developed film electropolymeric display system that is used for glazing, the movable patterns were made that took the form of the animated and programmable frit.
The entire focus of the Smartgeometry was on digital design and tools, the hardware has been increasingly popping out in the market as well such as robotics, electronics, sensors and a wide array of fabrication machines. The connection of the computational design with the computational manufacture is that it redefines the practice of how architecture is done.
If you take a look at the cluster “Explicit Bricks” during the Smartgeometry 2010 back in Barcelona, Spain, they utilized an industrial robot, wherein it developed a customized hot-wire cutting process and even designed the constructive system that has blocks that are uniquely formed. This was utilized in order to make complex catenary arches that hold together only through the geometry and weight of the blocks. This workshop showed the complex issues that arise during the assembly constructions wherein it consists of a huge amount of distinct individual parts.
There will be more advances in architectural designing and construction in the future, which goes together with the advancement of technology, too.