W3.W4 – Physical Computing Seminar Workshop
Faculty: Cristian Rizzuti


“In the age of knowledge, architecture is the storyteller.”

‘Institut du Monde Arabe a Parigi – Jean Nouvel –


Responsive Architecture

Interactive elements have more commonly found expression in modern architecture. Further, integration of interaction into the Architecture in order to modulate daylight, shading and/or ventilation have taken the climate responsive design to the next level. Applications of kinetic facades allow the building envelope to adapt and interact with human and environmental conditions.

This workshop looks at an expanding overlap between interactive design, architecture and media arts, to explore how the ideas and methods of interactive design can be applied in larger environments and spaces. The course investigates emerging trends in responsive spaces and installations, environments and interactive architectures, focusing on larger scale experiences, using physical spaces as the arena for interaction. Environments and experiences can then be considered as responsive systems, and the interactions can be designed as ephemeral, passive, playful and incidental ‐ rather than deliberate, for a specific purpose and with a specific and predictable result.

Through the exploration of interaction and kinetic motion, this workshop aims the students to understand the physical computing strategies behind the responsive facades that interact effectively toward changes in environmental conditions.

Rob Ley – May September
UVA – Volume, V&A museum –