Sensitive assembly: Gamifying the design and assembly of facade wall prototypes
Journal article, 2016

The article describes a method for gamifying the design and assembly of computationally integrated structures built out of discrete identical blocks. As a case study, the interactive installation Sensitive Assembly was designed and built at the Digital Design Unit (Prof. Dr Oliver Tessmann) at the Technische Universit├Ąt of Darmstadt and exhibited during the digital art festival NODE 2015 in Frankfurt in 2015. Sensitive Assembly invites people to play a Jenga-like game: starting from a solid wall, players are asked to remove and replace the installation's building blocks to create windows to a nurturing light while challenging its stability. A computational system that senses the current state of the wall guides the physical interaction and predicts an approaching collapse or a new light beam breaking through. The installation extends the notion of real-time feedback from the digital into the physical and uses machine-learning techniques to predict future structural behaviour.







A. Savov

Technische Universität Darmstadt

O. Tessmann

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Stig Anton Nielsen

Chalmers, Architecture

International Journal of Architectural Computing

1478-0771 (ISSN)

Vol. 14 1 30-48

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering



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