Expressing and Sensing the Hybrid Materiality: Voluminous Interactive Architectural Substance
Paper in proceedings, 2019

In this architectural research exploration, we challenge the notion of an interactive architectural surface as a single-layered, two-dimensional interaction interface. Instead, we propose the notion of an Interactive Voluminous Substance, which moves the interaction experience into four dimensions, shifting it from far-field, proximity-based interaction to a near-field, tactile one. We present four features of architectural expression that could potentially sustain the embodiment of this Substance: spatial positioning, geometry, expression, hybrid material composition and interaction design. If the future architectural interiors and exteriors are made from the Voluminous Architectural Substance, how would it be to dwell with it? We propose two physical prototypes and two interaction stories as speculative objects probing this question.

Applied computing in arts and humanities

Interactive and responsive architecture

Voluminous architectural substance

Tactile architecture

Tangible interaction

Interaction design

Interface design prototyping

Human-centered computing


Malgorzata Zboinska

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Delia Dumitrescu

University of Borås

Hanna Landin

University of Borås

TEI '19 Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction


TEI '19 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Tempe, AZ, USA,

Architectural Convertibles: Towards an alternative artistic approach to designing interactive architectural environments

Swedish Research Council (VR), 2016-01-01 -- 2020-03-31.

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Media and Communication Technology



Interaction Technologies

Human Computer Interaction



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