Reactive VOID: Socializing Space through Responsive Technology

Dec 01, 2008

ReactiveVOID is a research and design project which capitalizes on new technologies to influence the public perception of the built environment through the activation of interior spaces. The research critically examines the possibilities of responsive space given recent developments in responsive material technology, namely that of muscle wire Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), metals that change shape according to temperature. This technology offers the possibility of fluid and subtle movement without the mechanized motion of earlier technologies. Despite the potential of this technology, there have been few serious attempts to test its effects at the scale of responsive environments. ReactiveVOID aims to imbue space with personality more than intelligence.

Joshua G. Stein (Woodbury University)
Rob Ley (Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc))
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The American Institute of Architects

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