Book chapter “Embodied Interactions with Adaptive Architecture”


arch-intThe book “Architecture and Interaction” has finally been published. It is the first book to specifically focus on the interactive elements in and around architecture, which, for example, Weiser’s vision of ubiquitous (and calm) computing so vividly describes. The editors describe the scope of the book:

“Ubiquitous computing has a vision of information and interaction being embedded in the world around us; this forms the basis of this book. Built environments are subjects of design and architects have seen digital elements incorporated into the fabric of buildings as a way of creating environments that meet the dynamic challenges of future habitation. Methods for prototyping interactive buildings are discussed and the theoretical overlaps between both domains are explored. Topics like the role of space and technology within the workplace as well as the role of embodiment in understanding how buildings and technology can influence action are discussed, as well as investigating the creation of place with new methodologies to investigate the occupation of buildings and how they can be used to understand spatial technologies. Architecture and Interaction is aimed at researchers and practitioners in the field of computing who want to gain a greater insight into the challenges of creating technologies in the built environment and those from the architectural and urban design disciplines who wish to incorporate digital information technologies in future buildings.”

Our chapter “Embodied Interactions with Adaptive Architecture” (Jäger, Schnädelbach, and Hale) discusses “increasingly behaviour-responsive adaptive architecture from an embodied point of view. Especially useful in this context is an understanding of embodied cognition called ‘the 4E approach,’ which includes embodied, extended, embedded, and enacted perspectives on embodiment. We argue that these four characteristics of cognition both apply to and explain the bodily interactions between inhabitants and their adaptive environments. However, a new class of adaptive environments now expands this notion of embodied interactions by introducing environment-initiated behaviours, in addition to purely responsive behaviours. Thus, we consider how these new environments add the dimension of bodily reciprocity to Adaptive Architecture.”

Architecture and Interaction

Dalton, Schnädelbach, Wiberg, and Varouudis. Architecture and Interaction. 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

Nils Jäger, Holger Schnädelbach, and Jonathan Hale. 2016. Embodied Interactions with Adaptive Architecture. In Architecture and Interaction. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 183–202.

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