Henriette Bier and the Robotic Building lab at TU Delft organises a symposium on ‘Perpetual Adaptation’ together with PoliMi, TU Vienna, and Cornell.

Henriette Bier (TUD), Margherita Pillan (PoliMi), Michael Hensel (TUV), and Keith Green (Cornell) are members of the Adaptive Environments network.

Abstract submission (300-500 words):
1 May 2021
11-12 October 2021

PoliMi (or online)

Human and non-human agency
AI and robotics in the built environment
Environmental informatics

Perpetually adaptive environments define a new research frontier at the interface of architecture and design, computing, robotics, and behavioural sciences. Such adaptive environments are responding in real-time to human needs and opportunities, environmental changes, and other internal and external input. Their design as bio-cyber-physical systems requires integration of physical and virtual architectures with digital systems and social organizations.

Previous research in the emerging research domain of adaptive environments has investigated Actuated and Performative Architecture: Emerging Forms of Human-Machine Interaction (Pillan et al., 2020), Apparatisation in & of Architecture (Lee and Bier, 2019), Robotic Building (Bier, 2018; 2017), and Architectural Robotics (Green, 2016).

This Adaptive Environments symposium turns to questions of (1) artificial intelligence and robotics embedded in the built environment; (2) perceptions of human and non-human agency in such environments; and (3) environmental informatics.

Of particular interest to the symposium include but are not limited to topics such as:

  1. Interdisciplinary approaches for computational, multi-domain and trans-scalar modelling that integrate planning and design scales from the territorial scale to the building scale.
  2. Case studies for urban and natural environments requiring, on the one hand, computational modelling and high precision monitoring strategies and on the other hand robotics for the production and operation of such environments. In this context, sensor-actuators are introduced to facilitate communication and exchange between artificial and natural agents by creating bio-cyber-physical feedback loops.
  3. Speculative investigations into how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics bring built environments “to life”.

Authors of accepted contributions may be encouraged to develop chapters for a volume in the Springer Series in Adaptive Environments edited by the symposium organizers.