How Algorithms and Robotic Systems are Changing Architecture and the City
The MAK FUTURE LAB, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy invited to a panel discussion.
Smart surfaces and mobile walls that automatically adjust to the needs of the inhabitants, or that regulate indoor climates
like a living skin—such things already exist today, at least as prototypes. The networked home, in which machines and objects
communicate intelligently with each other, is a frequent topic of discussion under the heading “Internet of Things.”
“As virtual systems become spatialised, our cities are being transformed into the so-called ‛Internet of Things’ (IoT). The
inanimate physical environment is increasingly associated with digital layers: code married to matter, physical brick to virtual
bit. The city is becoming a physical companion to Big Data, even as the urban infrastructure allows for digital information
to proliferate. […] In this robotics-driven living experience, buildings will not appear as pieces of machinery or equipment,
but rather as extensions of the lives of the subjects who inhabit them. They will provide environments in which more and more
dimensions will be customisable, engaging our senses and resonating with our moods.” (Carlo Ratti in the catalog to the exhibition
Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine)
Participants: Christina Chiardullo RA, Architect, MARS ICE HOUSE Rudolf Giffinger, Professor at the Department of Spatial Development and Infrastructure & Environmental Planning, TU Wien Jeffrey Montes, Designer, Space Architect; co-author, MARS ICE HOUSE Alexander Reben, Artist, Roboticist Bruce Sterling, Science Fiction Author Jasmina Tešanović, Author, Filmmaker, Activist
Moderator: Andreas Rumpfhuber, Architect, Architectural Theorist
The event took place on the occasion of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future (21 Jun – 1 Oct 2017).