March 5, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has announced the opening of Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD), a laboratory that provides resources and expertise for project-based research on embedded technology and ubiquitous computing in the built environment.
“The migration of computing from dedicated static appliances to mobile devices, objects of everyday life, and physical environments directly implicates and empowers architecture, landscape and urban design,” notes RAD co-director Carol Moukheiber. RAD capitalizes on this opportunity, bringing emerging technology and research to bear on the built environment: responsive and interactive systems, augmented reality, embedded/situated technology, ambient intelligence, mobile computing and locative media.
RAD launches with a website documenting recent and ongoing research: http://rad.daniels.utoronto.ca
The research is premised on the notion that every building or landscape component can be equipped with computational power to better handle persistent and emerging challenges in the areas of health care, building technology and sustainability.
RAD is directed by Assistant Professor Carol Moukheiber and Associate Professor Rodolphe el-Khoury. They join Assistant Professor Christos Marcopoulos, Nashid Nabian and other resident or affiliated investigators in leading projects by multidisciplinary teams for potential development in partnership with industry.
RAD is a recent recipient of a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant. Support for the lab has also been provided by H.H. Angus and Associates Limited.
Set within one of the most distinguished and highest-ranking universities in the world and at the centre of one of the most cosmopolitan and fastest growing cities in North America, University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty is in an unparalleled position to advance the study and creation of more ecologically sustainable, socially just and beautifully crafted buildings, landscapes and cities.
Building on a decade-long transformation of its professional programs, and on the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of its faculty, students and alumni, the faculty is now embarking on a new phase of growth and renewal that is focused on advancing a globally attuned mode of design research, education, and civic advocacy. This expanded mission will involve the renewal of its undergraduate and graduate programs, the creation of new doctoral programs, and a further intensification the faculty’s research activities, industry interfaces and public forms of outreach.
For more information, please visit www.daniels.utoronto.ca.