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Architecture surrounds us, but it is too static, and does very little in educating. Inviting the user to become proactive in their environment is necessary in achieving a self-aware culture. I want to encourage an understanding of mutually dependent actions. When people witness the results of their actions, they become more indebted to their actions. Interactive art inspires me because of how it engages the viewer. Traditional forms of High Art often require a viewer to have prior knowledge of the piece. This limits art in its ability to communicate with the general public. Interactive art is a quick and clear way to communicate with the public. Architecture, like art, is a reflection of society. Yet, architecture’s ability to react to social and environmental conditions is often slow or even nonexistent. We are less likely to change if the space we occupy stays stagnant.
Kinetic and Computational Architecture is the future of design. These movements are promoting a real-time interaction between user and environment. This interaction allows each party to learn from each other, resulting in higher knowledge and efficiency. When small issues are addressed at a large scale, the affect is exponential. Changes that occur at an exponential rate are hard to comprehend. If we are not aware of our actions, we will not be able to react to future problems. Computational designs are based off current and pervious data. This data allows the design to become part of nature. Using natural forces to solve our natural needs as often as possible. These forces such as wind, rain, and solar can set new limits to our lifestyle. The price of our energy bill should not dictate the amount of energy we use. The amount of energy that is readily available can become the new standard. Buildings can become our mentors to a better, and more sustainable future.
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