Near Living Architecture is an ongoing project by architect Philip Beesley and collaborators to explore self-configuring spaces. A consortium between Philip Beesley, SUPERSPACE (then Aedas R&D) and Waterloo University won a research collaboration grant by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to explore the simulation and extension of Beesley’s installation series Hylozoic Veil.
We developed three simulation modules that were integrated into a single interactive visualization: a design configuration module, an operational weighting module and a spatial analysis module. The integrated simulation software allowed the designers to configure the elements of the installation for new settings, weight the information exchange between the sensors and actuators and forecast the spatial effect of future activation pattern.
The results of our developments and a general discussion about Near Living Systems were published in the Riverside Architectural Press in 2014: Anticipating Behaviours
Installation photos from the ‘Living Architecture Systems’ series by Philip Beesley.