Filtration Fields

DAB LAB Research Gallery, University of Technology Sydney
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Filtration Fields
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Background In the international field of architectural design, sensing and tracking technologies are under-utilised in the creation of designerly, atmospheric environments, and are applied in the moderation of environmental comfort factors such as temperature, light and airflow. Research into new forms of intelligent architecture identify the theoretical importance of sensing and tracking technologies in the design of atmospheres and aesthetic spatial experience, but are limited without practical implementation of such systems. Contribution Filtration Fields is a field of computer vision tracking cameras, sensors and mobile device tracking systems that observe a public courtyard space over the period of 3 weeks, and distil underlying patterns of motion, directionality, contrast, light, and presence into an informative visualisation in situ. Filtration Fields contributes to existing speculative research by providing a concrete example of how sensor and vision tracking might be utilised in the design of environments that seek to inform inhabitants of the cumulative importance of their behaviours in the context of generating atmospheric, aesthetic live architectural environments. Significance The use of vision tracking in a cumulative and networked manner to develop live informational models of an existing architectural environment is new in the domain of architecture. Filtration Fields is significant because it transfers this visually-capture information into a design material in itself, therefore extending the use of sensing/tracking to the creation of atmospheric spaces. Filtration Fields was selected for exhibition in the DAB LAB Gallery curated by Aanya Roennfeldt and its value is demonstrated by its invitation to be implemented at city-scale by the New South Wales Department of Planning during the period of the Smart Light Sydney festival in 2009 (entitled Smart Light Fields).
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