Emergent Interfaces: Constructive Assembly of Identical Units
Paper in proceedings, 2015

In this paper, we present five types of constructive assemblies that emerge through a form-finding process resembling growth. The synthetic growth is obtained through the assembly of identical blocks performed by two competing users. Each block type gives rise to different morphologies during each assembly session depending on the user and the environment that is augmented through projection on the synthetic structure and around it. The digitally augmented tangible interface is evaluated by professionals and students in interaction design. We introduce the concept of Emergent Interfaces (EI), which proposes harnessing non-determinism, temporal design, and self-organization. This work could contribute to organic user interfaces and morphogenetic engineering.

tangible interface




Constructive assembly



Alexandru Dancu

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Catherine Hedler

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Stig Anton Nielsen

Chalmers, Architecture

Hanna Frank

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Zhu Kening

Axel Pelling

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Adviye Ayca Unluer Cimen

Christian Carlsson

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Max Witt

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015; Seoul; South Korea; 18 April 2015 through 23 April 2015

Vol. 18 451-460

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Interaction Technologies





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