Neil Leach & F. Myles Sciotto

USC Architecture Studio

Studio 402 | Fall 2013

Studio Abstract
How might buildings of the future be able to respond to their occupants? Could they even become so intelligent that they could detect human emotions, and respond automatically to their occupants’ needs? Might they be able to soothe people when they are agitated or stimulate them when weary? And how might they be able to respond in a more sustainable way to environmental constraints? Could a building become so intelligent that it could reduce energy consumption on its own? And how might this affect our quality of life?

One of the areas of rapid growth within architectural discourse in recent years has been the development of ‘interactive architecture’. The impulse behind this development has been partly an urge to create environments that are more responsive to human needs and therefore more adaptable and comfortable, and partly a desire to generate buildings that are more responsive to their environmental conditions and therefore more ecologically sustainable.

This interest in ‘interactive architecture’ has also been fueled by recent technological developments. The introduction of commercially available systems such as the Kinect motion sensor device, Arduino microcontrollers and Servo rotary activators, has opened up and expanded the field, so that every student of architecture can now experiment with responsive systems.

The aim of this design workshop is to design and builld an installation consisting of a responsive environment that can adapt and change according to particular requirements