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About Ruairi Glynn

Artist / Director of IALab

Ruairi Glynn

Ruairi Glynn is Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Alongside his teaching and research he practices as an Installation Artist recently exhibiting at the Centre Pompidou Paris, National Art Museum of China Beijing and Tate Modern London. His interactive installations reflect on rapid developments in robotics, material science and computational technologies examining the emerging aesthetics of behaviour permeating across art, architecture and design. He has worked with cultural and research institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Medical Research Council and BBC and built public works for Twitter, Nike, Arup, Buro Happold, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has co-authored two books ‘Digital Architecture, Passages Through Hinterlands’ & ‘Fabricate, Making Digital Architecture’ in parallel to curating over a dozen international conferences, competitions and exhibitions. He’s taught internationally including ETH, Zurich, TU, Delft, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark & the Angewandte, Vienna.

Projects By Ruairi Glynn

Posts By Ruairi Glynn

Interstices – The Side Effect of Urethane

May 5, 2006 |

Currently showing until 2nd july at Le Tri Postal in Lille, SKATE* is a unique event about skateboard culture and its history. Graphic design, photography, video, architecture and music will be gathered together around skateboard, both a sport and … Read More


May 4, 2006 |

ART+COM are a group of Artists I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time. Based in Berlin they produce commercial interactive installations, as well as work for Galleries and Exhibitions. Here are a few of their projects; … Read More

Lemur – Robotic Musical Instruments

May 3, 2006 |

LEMUR is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer . Here are a couple of their instruments and I recommend checking out the videos on their … Read More

Bion – Adam Brown and Andrew Fagg

May 2, 2006 | | One Comment

“ Bion ” is an interactive installation that explores the relationship between humans and artificial life. “Bion” makes reference to an individual element of primordial biological energy identified as orgone by the scientist Wilhelm Reich. The installation is composed … Read More

Edge Monkeys – Stephen Gage & Will Thorne

May 1, 2006 | | One Comment

In an article published in the cyber journal Technoetic Arts; Professor Stephen Gage of the Interactive Architecture Workshop and Will Thorne (UCL) describe a hypothetical fleet of small robots they call “edge monkeys.” Their function would be to patrol … Read More

More Elephants

April 29, 2006 |

With the upcoming Mechanoid Elephant performance in London of ‘The Sultan’s Elephant’ by Royal de Luxe, I was reminded of the work of Charles Ribart. In 1758, he planned an addition to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, to be constructed … Read More

Mechanoid Elephant comes to London

April 28, 2006 |

The Sultan’s Elephant is a fairy-tale for adults and children alike, and features a vast, moving, wooden elephant, 42 tons in weight, and the height of a three-storey house. The mechanoid elephant will make slow but steady progress around … Read More

RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURES: Subtle Technologies 2006

April 27, 2006 |

RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURES: Subtle Technologies 2006 Festival Here is the opportunity to hear scientific talks in the context of those who draw metaphors from and interpret science. For Responsive Architectures 2006, we are proud to cover topics from dynamic cell … Read More

Airbus & BMW Projected Interiors

April 26, 2006 | | 3 Comments

Airbus A350 will unveil its new A350 twinjet at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 exhibition in Hamburg that will feature opulent interiors by BMW. Airbus has linked with BMW Group Designworks to design a new interior on the A350. … Read More

VR Games Pit Pets Against Owners

April 25, 2006 | | 2 Comments

3D mouse in a virtual environment (left) mouse in a real-life environment (right)

I’ve reported on some interesting proposals for kinetic interactive architecture using constantly shifting topologies actuated by pistons and a flexible skin over the past two … Read More