The Design Observer Group


Posted 05.04.11


University of Toronto

Responsive Architecture Lab Opens at University of Toronto



WallBot, a wall that reconfigures itself in real time to respond to the behavior or wish of the occupants, developed by Otto Ng in a studio course led by Rodolphe el-Khoury and Nashid Nabian.

In March, the University of Toronto launched Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD), a laboratory that provides resources and expertise for project-based research on the spatial ramifications of embedded technology and ubiquitous computing.

The RAD lab is led by directors Carol Moukheiber and Rodolphe el-Khoury, along with investigators Christos Marcopoulos and Nashid Nabian, and housed at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

“The migration of computing from dedicated static appliances to mobile devices, objects of everyday life, and physical environments directly implicates and empowers architecture, landscape and urban design,” said Moukheiber.

RAD's research projects and workshops examine the spatial consequences of distributed computing — responsive and interactive systems, augmented reality, embedded/situated technology, ambient intelligence, mobile computing and locative media — in order to develop models for digitally enhanced environments to better handle challenges in healthcare, building technology and sustainability.

More than three dozen projects are documented on the RAD Laboratory website, along with news about upcoming workshops and publications.

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