On Architecture in Motion

What is the designer's role in choreographing the experience of motion? How does the architect establish the relationship of the fixed to the moving, of the human to the built world? How are designers responding to expectations of motion, to continuous change, and to users' desire to shape their own experiences within the architecture of today's physical and digital world?
Architecture in Motion

Interview transcript:

The January 30th, 2012 launch of a semester long collaboration between three graduate design studios at Columbia University GSAPP and Audi's Urban Future Initiative brought together an interdisciplinary group of designers to explore the concept of motion within the architecture of today's physical and digital world.

During the roundtable discussion, Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University GSAPP asked the panel to respond to questions regarding the emergence of mobility within design. Panel participants included Abe Burmeister of Outlier Tailored Performance Clothing, Glen Cummings of MTWTF, Rob Giampietro of Project Projects, Michael Rock of 2x4, interaction designer Chris Woebken and Peter Vidani of Tumblr.

The discussion centered around design's ability to respond to ever growing expectations of motion, analyzing designers' role as the choreographers of the relationship between the static and moving world. If, as Mark Wigley says, "motion is not the property of an object," but is rather the effect produced by one object's relationship to another, how can designers use architecture to reshape the way people experience motion?

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