Physical Form Finding by Embedded Sensors: Using ‘sensor chaining’ in various temporal and spatial scales
Paper in proceedings, 2013
The paper concerns the potential of sensors as architectural design tools in
different spatial and temporal scales. In particular, the focus is on how sensors are able to
operate in a constantly changing environment, and how sensors might nurture an intuition
of otherwise non perceivable aspects of performance within architecture.
The study discus two set-ups. Firstly; an onsite sensor reading of changing performance
between a refurbished and a classic Arabic house; the study is in large spatial and
temporal scale. Secondly; a model design setup where the performance of the same
Arabic house typology is tested in small spatial and small temporal scale. The study
shows how large scale architecture can be investigated through the use of sensor chaining
and how simple sensors can be implemented in a design task in order to give insight to
certain aspects of performance. The paper concludes with a discussion on a more general
sensor strategy for changing environments and design setups.