A Robotic Ceiling Sets the Precedent for AI Architecture

Blog By DJ Pangburn — Feb 26 2016 GIFs courtesy the artist Architect and interaction designer Behnaz Farahi has created a number of mind-bendingly futuristic and inspiring installations, from breathing walls to morphing headpieces. Her latest, Aurora, an interactive ceiling installation on permanent display at the University of Southern California, explores the future of the “built environment.” A research collaboration between MEML lab, USC, and SteelCase Inc., Aurora sees Farahi dreaming of how a building, especially an interior, could be dynamic, understand users through their movements, and respond accordingly. The interactive ceiling gives visitors a sense of how artificial intelligence might augment architectural spaces. “Will architectural spaces be able to incorporate interactivity, unpredictability and motion in order to serve as a kinetic interface, communicating stories of the activities of its…

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