The built environment made interactive and adaptive by embedded computation has great promise to support and augment the lives of people. Led by Keith Evan Green, the ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB at Cornell University focuses on the design and evaluation of, specifically, robotic built environments. First established in 2005 by Green with Ian Walker at Clemson University, the ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB recognizes the physical, built environment, from furniture to the metropolis, as a next frontier of computing and design.
The ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB focuses its efforts on five primary applications: healthcare, learning and creativity, working life, disaster relief, and mass urbanization. In designing for these human applications, the lab dedicates itself to understanding populations sometimes overlooked by designers: children, elders, and individuals suffering from illness, disabilities and the challenges of dis/relocation.