Physiological Data in Building Architecture

Digital technology has taken hold in Architecture. As a result, buildings are becoming adaptive to data sources taken from the environment, from inhabitants and from objects present within buildings. The role of personal data in this context is particularly challenging.

What might a building know about its inhabitants? What kind of information might be mutually useful to building performance and inhabitants? What kind of relationship might result from buildings having access to some of our most intimate data?

Physiological data is one particular stream of personal data. Physiological data here refers to data such as heart rate, respiration and brain activity that can be measured, manipulated and to some extent be interpreted to say something about the inhabitants’ emotional and mental state.

Linking physiological data to the building fabric opens up entirely new potentials in Adaptive Architecture. An initial exploration has been done in the ExoBuilding prototype. There are many more possibilities … some of which are explored here.

Related Work:

Schnädelbach, H., Glover, K., Irune, A., ExoBuilding – Breathing Life Into Architecture, in proceedings of NordiCHI 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland, ACM Press, 2010

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