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Making Hertzian Space Tangible for Adaptive Architecture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Luis Hernandez-Hernandez, Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson


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Adaptive architecture is generally understood in terms of physical transformation, interpreted as a mechanical reconfiguration of its tangible substrate. Whilst physical change is easily accessible to human attention, there are other factors which contribute to our perception of adaptiveness and change in architectural space. This paper uses the concept of hertzian space to describe the landscape of electromagnetic fields, a part of which constitutes the intangible infrastructure on which many digital artefacts rely. We provide a small account of previous research on how the physical yet invisible presence of hertzian space interacts and fluctuates inside and around the architectural space. In addition, we present evidence of how these dynamics influence patterns of space usage. The paper focuses on Wireless Networks through the results of a volumetric survey and a participatory design workshop to explore the design potential of hertzian space.

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Author(s): Hernan L, Dade-Robertson M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unpublished

Conference Name: ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture

Year of Conference: 2013