The Future Sensorial Experience
By Ben van Berkel, March 22nd, 2018
At UNStudio, everything we do – and have done for the past 30 years – is guided by a strong vision of what the future of the built environment could be. After all, our motto is to ‘Design with the future in mind’.
We aim for a future that is both ambitious and imaginative, but always within a people-focused context. Our design methodology is driven by research, while our designs are scalable and system driven. Founded by UNStudio, UNsense is equally ambitious, imaginative and rooted in those same people-focused principles.
All products and solutions Unsense is developing, are in line with our vision for the future. Like UNStudio, UNSense does not create products that are for aesthetics alone, or in isolation, it instead designs solutions that measurably make a difference.
For a long time architecture was largely about image-making, or being provocative or politically engaged. I like the idea that UNSense stands for things that matter and for a future that is better. Our solutions will actively improve the quality of people’s lives. Sensorial technology can affect or stimulate the senses to relieve stress, create a sense of safety, distribute information or help with mobility… For employers or educational institutions, sensorial design can stimulate individuals to move more, allowing a better understanding of activity patterns. The integration of technology into the living environment can also help people to live independently for a longer period of time. Looking at the aging population in Europe, this technology is just in time.
Automatically activated sensor-based systems can even bring about situations where we ‘un-sense’: where we no longer need to consciously react in order for our immediate surroundings to change. Through empathic lighting or ventilation based on personal preferences, sensorial technology can change individual surroundings, so that end-users do not have to.