So What is This About?

   What is kinetic architecture?   

The term "kinetic architecture" refers to the ability to integrate procedures into buildings that allow parts of them to move without reducing their overall structural integrity. Apparently it contradicts the belief that the shape and structure of the building must indicate stability, durability and immobility. In architectural design, however, the concept of "movement" is often used as an abstract theoretical condition that implies cause-and-effect relationships and contributes creatively to architectural composition. Concepts such as "deformation", "meta-position", "over-position", "absence", "disorder" and "repetition" are widely used to express theoretical movement and temporal change.


In the last two decades, due to evolution in the fields of engineering, electronics and robotics, spatial environments have been implemented that are equipped with motion capabilities that enhance their sensory properties and enable them to respond to changing environmental conditions. The course is developed through weekly thematic seminars, in the form of lectures and presentations of audiovisual material, in which the relevant conceptual tools of kinetic design will be presented, researched and evaluated. The main goal of the course is each student to design an experimental spatial layout where movement will be an essential part of the design. Through the use of sensors, actuators and microcontrollers, controlled movement can be predicted, integrated and applied to or within spatial environments. The construction of the mobile space model will incorporate robotics technologies utilizing the diffusion and support of open technologies in the educational process provided by the internet. The course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the "kinetic and interactive environments" that incorporate at least architectural elements of Engineering, Electronics and Informatics into Architectural Design.

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