Call for papers: Actuated and Performative Architecture: Emerging Forms of Human-Machine Integration


Human-Machine Interaction is expanding its reach beyond displays and objects to its next frontier: the built environment. This involves not only known visions of ubiquitous computing and adaptive environments but sensor-actuator networks, large-scale interfaces, and the Internet of Things. More than and including these systems, Actuated and Performative Architecture renders the built environment as a cyber-physical system aiming to address urgent challenges of accommodating an aging population and a mass-urbanized population by increasing spatial performance, even in tight spatial confines. Embedding computation, including robotics, into the physical fabric of buildings fosters a potentially more intimate relationship between the built environment and people. Mixing the physical and the digital redefines the borders between types of spaces, the affordances and meanings of environments, and the sense of presence. Unlike a conventional space that has a limited range of responses to dynamic, changing conditions, Actuated and Performative Architecture is intimately interconnected with users and local conditions. 

This Spool [CpA] #3 issue aims to pose and answer questions on the nature of this intimate human-machine bond, encouraging the discussion on its potentials also in terms of individual and social resilience. Moreover, it aims to explore the design of bio-cyber-physical systems, which requires integration of natural, physical, and virtual architectures with digital systems and social organizations. In designing interactions between the (augmented) human and cyber-physical environments, the collection and use of personal data, the management of a multi-layered design approach, and the ethics of such design activity require attention from experts in architectural design, interaction and UX design, civil and architectural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer and information science, sociology, psychology, education, ethics, philosophy, media arts, and science and technology studies.

Deadline for submitting papers is July 15th 2020.

Margherita Pillan (Politecnico Milano), Henriette Bier (TU Delft), and Keith Green (Cornell), (Eds.)

Milica Pavlovic (Politecnico Milano), (Asst. Ed.)