Digitally-aided technology can be embedded in the creation of new, living systems.
This project started off as an internal research project but quickly blossomed into full-scale built prototypes.
Recent advancements in the production of living materials and in the logic behind the kinetics of robots have brought both fields closer together. These innovations have started to blur the lines of what we think of as “living.” Now robots made of parts that can communicate with each other act the same as living materials. They can be considered “alive” because they respond to changing information and conditions, much like living materials can.
Digital technology and the mechanics that allow spaces to be kinetic can be embedded in the physical environment we live in. The form of architecture is not predetermined. Based on real time information exchanges, the architecture instead plays a more active role in suggesting new ways for inhabitants to use space.
Recently, technological advancements have been made in robotics that look at new ways of designing systems to be more interactive. Spaces can be constructed of parts that have the ability to communicate with one another and constantly reshape our experience.
We continue to build prototypes for this project. The last round of robot prototypes can be seen here:
We have built a separate website to showcase our thinking behind this project. seriesdesignbuild.com/nano/main2.htm
We also wrote and article for Seed Magazine that discusses the possibilities for robotic modules. seedmagazine.com/slideshow/interactive_architecture/