Responsive Causality is an installation of physical objects & digital simulation in which a chain of events moves across these two domains.


Responsive causality is an interactive environment in which a chain reaction is generated between physical objects and digital simulations. The project explores how our understanding of movement in architectural spaces may change in a future of digitally enabled environments. Throughout time, our sensitivity to our surroundings has been determined by the experiences that take place in architectural environments. Whether we walk in a city, go grocery shopping, or relax on a couch at home, in a traditional sense, the moods and memorable moments that are tied to those environments establish the meanings of spaces.
Now, we live in an era in which we can experience an embedded digital lifestyle through pervasive computation systems in our everyday activities. Whether we use a GPS navigation system to drive around the city or a smart phone to surf the Internet, it is clear that the way in which we perceive space has dramatically changed. Technology has not only greatly influenced our spatial behaviors, but also blurred the boundary between the physical world and what used to be called the virtual world. In a way, the idea of recognizing the significance of an architectural environment only through the memories of experiencing the physical structure is no longer valid.

This thesis project is a commentary on these emerging contexts in the modern digital world. My research explores the relationships between humans, space, and technology in a unique way. The project seeks ways to communicate the contemporary meaning of a built environment in the technological world by displaying physical objects and digital simulations in which chains of events move across the two domains.

Conceptually, the intention may seem purposeless since the project neither emphasizes technical perfection nor praises the technical achievements of a pervasive computing environment. Instead, the goal is to generate speculative ideas and suggest interesting aspects having to do with the new definition of architecture in today’s technological culture. My belief is that studying the shifting notion of our environment will point to pathways for further research.
Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol    
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