Bionics – Smart and Adaptive Systems

This project was developed as a part of the two week course conducted during the Summer School 14’ at Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, IN.

The course focused on the blurring frontier between the two disciplines of science; namely: Biology and Electronics. The coalescence of both these disciplines emanates the field of Bionics (Biology and Electronics). The intent was to showcase the potential smart and adaptive systems which respond to transient changes in the environment.
The outcome was two installations embedded with sensors, actuators and logic controllers to sense and respond to human interaction. In an attempt to fuse architecture with smart, responsive and adaptive systems, these installations were experiments to showcase the potential of emulation. To convey a lucid understanding, the project replicated forms of nature; ‘The Unfurling Fern’ and ‘The Tree of Life’ or ‘Happy Trees’.
Smart and adaptive systems can help build responsive spaces with the ability to sense and adapt by organising itself to efficient configurations suitable to the changes in environment; viz: temperature, pressure, humidity, human movement and so on.

‘The Tree of Life’ or ‘Happy Trees’ is a cluster of trees with the ability to intercommunicate, analyse and evaluate human movement patterns. The trees sense the number of visitors and their movement through the cluster. The trees respond to the visitors by a minor movement in the branches and over a time frame of 10 minutes the data is re-evaluated and the tree which receives the minimum visitor droops for a while and again springs back to life.
‘The Unfurling Fern’ as inspired by a sprouting fern, leads to an Interactive and Responsive spatial configurations. On sensing human movement, the embedded sensors transmit it to the logic controllers which then activate the unfurling ferns in sequential modules.


CEPT Summer School 2014 showcased at Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, Ahmedabad, IN.