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Title: Constructing participatory environments : a behavioural model for design
Author: Spyropoulos, Theodore
ISNI:       0000 0004 7226 5374
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis proposes the design of cybernetic frameworks that attempt to explore architecture as ecology of interacting systems that move beyond the fixed and finite tendencies of the past towards spatial environments that are adaptive, emotive and behavioural. Environments within this framework are attempts to construct interaction scenarios that enable agency, curiosity and play, forging intimate exchanges that are participatory and evolving over time. Interaction understood as the evolving relationships between things allows a generative and time-based framework to explore space as a model of interfacing that shifts the tendencies of passive occupancy towards an active ecology of interacting agents. The work argued here moves away from known models that reinforce habitual responses within architecture, towards an understanding of adaptive systems that are active agents for communication and exploration. Architecture within the context of this thesis is explored as a medium for spatial interfacing. Design is thus considered as durational, realtime and anticipatory exploring human human, human machine, and machine machine communication. The challenge posed is how designers can construct environments that are shared, enable curiosity, evolve and allow for complex interactions to arise through human and non-human agency. Attention thus is placed on behavioural features that afford conversational rich exchanges between participants and system, participants with other participants and or systems with other systems. This evolving framework demands that design systems have the capacity to participate and enable new forms of communication. Beyond conventional models that are reactive in their definition of interaction, architecture here moves towards features that are life-like, machine learned, and emotively communicated. The thesis demonstrates and articulates concepts of participation and behaviour through authored prototypes and real-time experiments. Behaviour is not relegated to a generative process in the design phase; rather it is time-based and conversational constantly constructing models of and for communication.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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