Hank Haeusler is researching how buildings can become responsive to behaviour
What happens if a space becomes a robot? Hank Haeusler professor, UNSW
ould the future of architecture lie in
According to UNSW Professor Hank
spaces that adapt to the behaviour
Haeusler, the Centaur Pod – named
of the people who use them?
after the mythological hybrid – will
A research project by
imitate robotic artificial intelligence (AI)
computational design students
by using a kind of memory process
at the University of New South
to analyse body movements. The
Wales in collaboration with Arup
sensory information acquired from
set out to answer that question.
these observations will stimulate the
The group have revealed the
Pod to rearrange its structure.
‘Centaur Pod’, an interactive meeting
Hausler told CLAD: “We’re interested in
room which – when completed – will
the ideas: How will technology change the
have the protean ability to learn from
way cities and buildings will be designed,
and adapt to external stimuli.
operated, and constructed? What
Arup, which has been in talks with UNSW researchers since 2017, took
happens if a space becomes a robot?” The professor suggested that
on the project to simultaneously
his colleagues’ findings could have
explore three interrelated domains:
wider applications, telling us: “The
machine learning artificial intelligence
research we’re doing with Arup could
(AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual
probably lead into commercial or
reality (VR), and digital fabrication.
residential applications quite easily.”
CLADmag 2018 ISSUE 4