By Ben van Berkel
We are living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture and construction industries are still in the Walkman phase.
Architecture is slow. Technology is incredibly fast. Looking at a Tesla car, you can find tens or even hundreds of sensors being used to provide security, comfort levels, self-driving and all kinds of new functionalities. Comparing this with a regular building, you could count the sensors on one hand. It begs the question: why in our buildings and cities are we so slow in adopting new technologies?
With UNSense we want to fully integrate innovative technology into buildings and interiors, in order to improve the user’s experiences. I belief that technological innovations (like ubiquitous sensors and connectivity) bring new possibilities for buildings to impact positively on people’s daily lives. Investigations show that we spend close to 70 percent of our life time indoors. Creating truly adaptive buildings is our most effective way of improving wellbeing for people.
With tech innovations, buildings will start reacting to people’s needs in the near future. From the inside, interiors will need to be designed for flexibility to be used across many different functionalities: working, living, leisure.