Architecture: Immersive, Smart, and Tethered
Architecture of the future must enrich space by integrating digital systems. Buildings must adapt to become smart. Access to streaming data will create interactive experiences replacing passive systems at global, community, local, and individual levels.
Asymptote Architecture’s Yas Viceroy Hotel capitalizes on complex tools and new fabrication techniques (3d printing, automation, rapid prototyping) to develop new lighting technologies, façade and structural fabrication systems. Asymptote’s Media Tower, designed in collaboration with R/GA, explores integration of digital tools as a way to change experiences. Interactive facades, spaces, installations and information are replacing passive systems. The building reacts to inputs directly and by scraping data to create both ambient environments and even hyperactive experiences when necessary.
In this talk, R/GA and Asymptote will illustrate how these new digitally-optimized building systems are pushing technology forward.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How are digital ecosystems, including social and mobile networks, effecting architecture and the city? How can scripting - common in architecture design practices - be adapted to change the design by external inputs from global digital sources.
- How is the built environment going to respond to user-generated design and what does it look like? Is it appropriate? Is it pleasing?
- What implications does this change have on the architecture profession and also in turn, the digital design profession?
- Who will be at the forefront of this significant cultural/architectural change?
- When will this change occur and at what pace?
Mick McConnell R/GA
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