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5 cm per second


5 cm per second


“5 cm per second” is the name of a Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. It is also the speed at which a cherry leaf falls from its tree. It says it all. It evokes evanescence, time, movement, sensitivity, and awareness about nature. Read More »

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INTERACTING WITH ENERGY: Using Interactive Sub-Structures to Soften the Grid

(An Initial Research Prompt, Context Evaluation and Literature Review)

lost energy diagram

Of all the energy produced by petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewable sources, only 42.8% of it gets used. The rest is lost in inefficiencies. 38% of the total energy produced goes toward generating electricity for our buildings, but only 32.78% makes it to our outlets and devices. The other 67.21% of electricity generated for our buildings is lost in conversion and distribution(Derived from 2011 data, Harvard University)

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Sound, color and light for Interactive Architecture

There is evolution of form in Architecture.

There is evolution of form and intelligence in Nature.

Advanced Architecture is intelligent through interaction and communication. Sound and Light serves several complex organisms to interact.

Language is one of the most important elements of human interaction and intelligence. It could have evolved from music, as espoused by Rousseau, Herder, Humboldt, and Charles Darwin.

Color and sound can be measured, and turned into bits of information. Bits can be transmitted and under a certain code, they can become messages for interaction. This way, color becomes sound and sound becomes color. They are both just channels for information. This can be used to develop Intelligence in Architecture designing lightscapes and soundscapes.


Interaction is a kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. The idea of a two-way effect is essential in the concept of interaction, as opposed to a one-way causal effect. A closely related term is interconnectivity, which deals with the interactions of interactions within systems: combinations of many simple interactions can lead to surprising emergent phenomena. WIKIPEDIA

Interaction is interesting because of the human factor. We people are complex and spontaneous. Technological interfaces are as good as they can potentiate and expand our human interactions.

Technology is not necessary or mandatory for advanced interaction. It is a medium that helps define a frame of behavior. Imagine you are throwing a ball to a dog so it brings it back. The ball is a medium that establishes the kind of interaction between you. The complexity of the interaction comes from the experience you both share. The ball is just a ball, there is nothing special about it. What is shared is the real important factor. It creates emotions and memories.

Interests – Materiality and Perception

Starting from a theory basis about interaction, the final proposal will be based on the research and the inspiration discovered on the way.

There is a special interest of our physical reality in this project. Technology is conceived in this case as a tool between others. This is not a technology development project. It is focused on bringing awareness of our senses and the forces that affect our perception of the material world.

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