The Meaningful Integration of Interactive Media in Architecture

Maarten Houben, Benjamin Denef, Matthias Mattelaer, Sandy Claes, Andrew Vande Moere

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Current media architecture practice demonstrates the rich potential of interactive media in our built environment for various economic, social and cultural purposes. However, the meaningful integration of interactive media with(in) architecture remains challenging, as architects typically expect that media-specific qualities amplify the architectural intentions and experience of the built environment. This paper demonstrates how this challenge can be tackled by grounding the design rationale of an interactive media architecture manifestation on fundamental architectural motives, such as the intended physical, experiential and communicative characteristics. More specifically, we discuss the design rationale of a permanent, sound-based media façade that will consist of the dynamic mechanical actuation of multiple wooden window frames. By explicitly articulating the design rationale in an architectural framework, this paper aims to inform emerging HCI research on human-building interaction (HBI) from a 'building' perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2017 Companion - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems : June 10-14, 2017, Edinburgh, United Kinddom
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4991-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017) - Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
Conference number: 12


Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017)
Abbreviated titleDIS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherSpace, Place and Interface
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  • Architecture
  • Human-building interaction
  • Interactive architecture
  • Media architecture
  • Media façade


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