Architectural Intelligent Canopy
by AA-D_Lab + ShariShariShari
In current architectural discourses the advances in technology have shifted the thinking of how an architectural canopy is designed and directed towards bearing performative features, while being highly focused to carry on specific interests and design concepts. Architecture is re-defined as an intelligent machine that integrates numerous computers dedicated to sensing-calculating-actuating; each making their own decisions in order to produce an interactive interface. True adaptability requires dynamic hardware and software systems, which provide functions such as input, evaluating, output, as well as self-system-recognition.
model1: Active membrane with pressure sensor
model2: Moving surface with sound sensor
model3: Active drop curtain with distance sensor
model4: Kinetic origami canopy with touch interface
model5: Programmable, kinetic, tesegrity fabric
AA-D_Lab; Studio: Alexandros Kallegias | Kensuke Hotta.
In 2011, "Living Cover|The Effect of Canopy", a design studio as part of AA Summer D_Lab Programme, addressed the aspect of having a more sophisticated control in architecture, both in the design process and the construction method. The studio addressed this aspect of developing the shape and production of a canopy through the use of computational design tools in the form-making process and digital fabrication. In addition, considering today’s society of connectivity, adjustability and dynamic relations, the studio’s approach was focused on architectural themes that are dynamic and characterised by action. The concept of having a structure that is related to motion and real-time reaction to external stimuli is no longer an idea of the past but can be realised by means already being used in everyday life.
ShariShariShari is a designer association based in London UK, China, and Japan. The association was established in summer 2010 by designers and students from architecture and information technology. They are capable of designing and researching in a wider range, backed by their various experience and knowledge from cutting edge academic researchs to master planning and working architectural details.