A CORNELL NEWS FEATURE
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Keith Evan Green
My ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB (or "ARL") focuses on making our physical surroundings interactive and adaptive to help us do what we do: work, play, learn, roam, explore, create, interconnect, heal, and age.
At the interface of design, robotics, and psychology. the ARL designs, prototypes and evaluates robotic built environments to support and augment an increasingly bio-cyber-physical world. In so doing, the ARL strives to cultivate interactions across living things and their surroundings to form socio-technical ecologies.
The novelty of the lab's research lies in its recognition of the built environment, from furniture and rooms to the metropolis, as a next frontier of human-machine interaction. More broadly, the ARL generates new vocabularies of design and new, complex realms of understanding that shape novel, computational and bio-centric environments. My book Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes, and Biology (MIT Press, 2016) establishes this design-research trajectory.
At Cornell University, I'm Professor both in the department of Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA) and in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Previously I was Mickel Endowed Chair in Architecture and professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clemson University, and founding Director of Clemson's Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems & Environments. I have researched and/or taught for extended periods in Barcelona, Milan, Auckland (New Zealand), and most recently Delft (Netherlands) where I was Visiting Professor at TU Delft's ID-StudioLab (in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering).
The ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB is defined by radical collaboration. Our research-and-teaching participants are drawn from Architecture & Design, Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, and Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Library & Information Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Digital Humanities, Media and Fine Arts, Science & Technology Studies, and the Health Sciences. Together, we address problems and opportunities of an increasingly digital world by developing and testing meticulous, artfully-designed, cyber-physical environments that act, think, and grow with their inhabitants: Architectural Robotics.
Informed by human needs, wants, curiosity, and a concern for our survival on the planet, the ARL focuses on applications that include: healthcare, creativity and learning, working life, autonomous vehicles and spacecraft, community and civic life, disaster relief, and mass urbanization. In designing for these, we dedicate ourselves to understanding populations sometimes overlooked by designers: children, adults aging in place, under-served communities, and individuals of all ages suffering from illness, disabilities, and the challenges of dislocation, disassociation, and relocation.