From Audience to Inhabitant: Interaction as a medium in architecture

Creativity and Cognition Studios Press
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Conference Proceeding
Engage: Interaction, Art & Audience Experience - CCS/ACID Symposium, 2006, 1 pp. 40 - 50
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This paper presents a framework for conceiving and implementing interaction as a medium in architecture. Architecture is the theoretical and practical art of creating a plan of a complex object or system in which the subjective mapping from a human perspective to components of the system is the core design focus. Traditional architectural design involves the specification of materials, which implement creative expression in the mediums of space, light and time. Interaction, or the reciprocal action between a human and another entity, is the basic medium of expression manipulated by the interactive artist. The aim of the paper is to outline a logical framework for considering the techniques and materials of interaction, as used in interactive art, in the context of architecture. The framework is a four-part collection of interlinking concepts that we established to define i. architecture, ii. medium, iii. interaction, and iv. interaction as a medium in architecture. Following, the implications for implementation of the framework are discussed, based on works by several hybrid artist-architects. The framework is an analytical ground point to base practice and research occurring in this emerging field of spatio-experiential design.
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