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Accenture – Interactive Walls

February 11, 2006 | | One Comment

Video & Further Images

When groups of people work on complicated problems, they tend to generate large, shared displays spontaneously, whether in the form of printouts on a tabletop, posters, or marks on a whiteboard. This kind of shared … Read More

Multi Sensitive Space – Der multisensuelle Raum – Mirko Immendörfer

February 10, 2006 | | One Comment

Download (German) I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. My very clever friend Mirko Immendörfer’s phd Dissertation on Multi Sensitive Space. Mirko currently works for dRMM Architects in London and previously worked for architectural practices in Germany … Read More

Flying Wind Turbines

February 9, 2006 |

In the course of my research into making lighter-than-air interactive architecture I keep finding remarkable new applications for Dirigible technology. See the Space Lift and the Flying Radio Towers so while it may not be specifically interactive architecture, I thought … Read More

Back From Berlin

February 8, 2006 |

Visiting the Reichstag

I’ve just got back from the Transmediale Festival in Berlin which from an interactive architecture perspective was quite a disappointment due to the lack of interactive installations and devices at the exhibition however on the plus … Read More

Can you help?

February 2, 2006 | | One Comment

As you may have seen there’s a tutorials page attached to the blog which I’ve had online as long as the blog has been running. I’ve been meaning to build up a tutorials section of links to other websites … Read More

NEVEL – Moving Labyrinth

January 31, 2006 | | 3 Comments

NEVEL is a moving labyrinth (11 X 11 m) consisting of 9 programmable walls able to rotate 360°. Architecture comes alive, walls become doors, spaces open and close, visitors are locked up and set free again.

via Regine at … Read More

pie-in-the-sky or the future of wireless networks?

January 31, 2006 | | 3 Comments

Why put up costly cell-phone towers in thinly populated areas, when a few balloons would do? In North Dakota, former Gov. Ed Schafer is backing a plan to loft wireless network repeaters on balloons high above the state to fill … Read More

Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment

January 30, 2006 |

If your building interactive architecture, its obviously not just about understanding digital technology, you have to have an understanding of all the materials in construction that would lend themselves to interactive spaces. I’ve just got hold of this book … Read More

MIT Smart Cities Group, Greden & Arbona – Fab Tree Hab

January 25, 2006 | | 2 Comments

So whats the interactive architecture in this? Well its the slowest form of interaction I’ve posted so far but the process of pleaching gives the patient house builder the ability to share with the tree the role of architect … Read More

Theo Jansen’s – Evolving Species

January 24, 2006 | | 2 Comments

Video one of Theo’s Creatures Walking

Theo Jansen spoke at the Bartlett School of Architecture last week leaving his audience of students and professors all gasping for air with excitement, full of new ideas about the potential of even … Read More

Simplicity Project – Interview with John Maeda

January 21, 2006 |

Sascha Pohflepp, a Digital Arist, blogger for plugimi and wmmna and writer for de:bug magazine, has recently interviewed John Maeda about the Simplicity project. If you don’t already know of John Maeda then I highly recommend you get to know … Read More

Smart Materials 1 – Definition

January 20, 2006 | | 4 Comments

Last night I was at the smart materials event at the Dana Center in Londons Science Museum where a number of interesting materials that could be potentially applied to interactive architecture. I personally didn’t find anything that was mindblowingly new … Read More

Levitating and Nanotube Lifts

January 19, 2006 | | 2 Comments

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp have developed the world’s first elevators controlled by magnetic levitation available as early as 2008.Using maglev technology capable of suspending objects in mid-air through the combination of magnetic attraction and repulsion they promise quieter … Read More

NOX – Lars Spuybroek – Whispering Garden – Rotterdam

January 18, 2006 | | 2 Comments

Okay apologies for irrelevant last post here’s one about interactive architecture strangely enough. NOX run by Lars Spuybroek do some fantastic work and have made a number of interactive buildings and installations over the past few years including Son-O-House and … Read More

LED light mesh facade – James Clar & Cloud9

January 16, 2006 | | 3 Comments

James Clar of LED Voxel fame is currently working on an architecture model for the Cloud9’s ‘Habitat Hotel’. “The Habitat Hotel will be developed in the Barcelona area. It is a hotel with a light mesh that wraps the … Read More

Transforming Digital Architecture from Virtual to Neuro – Brian Massumi

January 16, 2006 |

Above is the Blur Building by Diller + Scofido whirling above Lake Neuchatel , Switzerland and Below is an interesting interview of Brian Massumi by Thomas Markussen.

Thomas Markussen

A few years ago, architects were almost obsessed with … Read More

America’s Other Space Program

January 15, 2006 | | 2 Comments

Website

I’ve been looking at using dirigibles for an interactive installation I’m thinking about building but more about that hopefully in the future. I found this while I was looking for some meteorological balloons. JP Aerospace is a volunteer-based … Read More

Update on Interactive Tables

January 15, 2006 |

Regine from wmmna, and Nicolas Nova from pasta and vinegar have put together an excellent list of interactive tables.

also see Regine’s new post of a ‘Conversation table’, a project looking at the social dynamics that take place at tables … Read More