Programmable Architecture

-Towards Human Interactive, Cybernetic Architecture-

Kensuke Hotta, Architectural Association

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堀田憲祐, 英国建築協会建築学校 

Chapter5,Data and Analytical Methods (Excerpt.)

第5章 データおよび分析方法 (抜粋)

5-1. Evaluating Performance in Adaptive System

While Chapter 4 elaborates on the proposal of PA architecture with its physical and construction models as well as multiple hierarchies, chapter 5 addresses the issue of how to quantify this new kind of relationship with the environment focusing mainly on light levels.

第5章, データおよび分析方法 


     The proposed approach involves, first, performing some baseline case studies. These are correlated using a software interface which ‘metabolises’ the results. This ability will lead to various applications executable from a small architecture scale up to larger urban patches with multiple intelligent units. After the software is ‘trained’, it should be evaluated in a functional environment since it may not always know how to respond usefully to its complex real-world environment. This PA will be evaluated to see how it can work effectively for human society and the environment.


     If architecture is genuinely ‘programmable’, its metabolic interface can be adjusted based on the results of the ongoing evaluative process. Moreover, as the software is ‘intelligent’, it will have a self-developed system such as a neural network. When the system works well, it should be able to record its history of ‘training’ and ‘learning’ and prove that it is possible to create adaptive software metabolisms without any change to the hardware.


Fig.5-2,1: Illumination Experiment, on the thesis at UCL (by Author and A.Hotta, 2008 ) 
図.5-2,1: UCLでの照明実験の様子(筆者+A.Hotta, 2008年) 

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