How Kinetic Architecture Fuels New Perceptions of Nature
Kinetic architecture can use its transience to work with nature in ways that fuel new perceptions for building occupants. Using two key methods, kinetic architecture can work through perception and through behavior to re-present nature to occupants in ways they may never have experienced it before. In this micro-lecture, both perception through architecture and behavior upon architecture are explored as a means by which to spark innovative design concepts that provide for awe-inspiring occupant experience. Use this micro-lecture to jumpstart your creative thinking about what kinetic architecture can do to help occupants better harmonize with nature.
00:05 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in today’s video, I’m going to teach you how kinetic architecture fuels new perceptions of nature for building occupants. You see, kinetic architecture can act as a go-between when it comes to nature and the occupants that use your architecture. By embedding or integrating kinetics into your architectural design, you can reframe nature’s behaviors and perceptions of nature for your building occupant to experience. In order to do this, you may notice how occupants often experience nature through architecture, particularly when they are experiencing the interior of a built space, for instance. In this case, an occupant must perceive through architecture to experience the qualities of nature. And when you add kinetics into this diagram, you will notice that nature can be re-presented anew to building occupants.
01:30 MLL: For instance, if within a kinetic architecture, a window frames nature and it moves or even changes color, what the occupant experiences as they look out that window will change. The perception of the nature that they experience through the window will be different as the kinetic architecture transiently changes.
01:55 MLL: Now, another way to view the interactions and new perceptions and experiences between kinetic architecture, nature, and occupant, can be seen when you take a look at behavior. Nature can interact or impact kinetic architecture, and the occupant can experience that nature as they experience the kinetic architecture anew — as it transiently changes. You see, an example of this can be found in nature when wind, for example, interacts with a kinetic form. The occupant then may experience viewing or hearing the kinetic form as it moves in the wind, and this creates a new perception of one of nature’s qualities, which is wind. So as you design, think about these two different diagrammatic formulas, if you will. Think about how transience and movement within your architecture, impacts how your occupants experience and perceive other elements like nature.
03:13 MLL: In one case, occupants perceive through kinetic architecture to transiently experience nature. And in the other case, nature behaves through kinetic architecture so that occupants can transiently experience the qualities of nature and the architecture. So, thinking in this way may help to spark certain new design concepts that integrate kinetics into your architecture in new and innovative ways that can help occupants reconnect with nature anew.