TouchHouse. Smart Living - Communicating Surfaces
with ANCB Research Partner Busch Jaeger

3 - 6 February 2011

A workshop with kick-off symposium to conceptualise and visualise innovative, palpable approaches for the further development of energy-efficient, intelligent building control, as well as to examine its premises and consequences with regard to architecture, urban space and human behaviour.

The energy efficiency of residential and office buildings as well as of entire cities can be significantly increased by means of intelligent and networked technologies. Man enters a new kind of interaction with the built environment here. Digital building control, dynamic spaces and the accompanying challenges for architects, developers and decision-makers are not only a question of technical feasibility and architectural innovative potential. They concern basic human behavioural patterns. Acquired behaviour, needs and wishes as well as social influences determine our usage of space, the communication between man and architecture, the awareness of energy efficient action – and possibly hinder the acceptance of networked and self-regulating technologies. Thus, it is the interface between the built environment and the user – the communication with the surface – that often hampers the full use of energy efficient building and planning’s potential. So, how can systems be developed that allow for an intuitive handling and an adaptation of behaviour?

SYMPOSIUM, 3 February 2011,
with: Dietmar Leyk, Visiting Professor Berlage Institute, Rotterdam; Owner lwa leyk wollenberg architects, Berlin; Bernhard Dörstel, Dipl. Ing., Head of Product Management, Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH, Lüdenscheid; Duncan Wilson, Associate Director, Arup Foresight Innovation, London; Dr. Dieter Kunz, Head of Department of Sleepmedicine, Charité, Berlin; Director Research Group Sleep Research & Clinical Chronobiology, Institute of Physiology, Charité, Berlin; Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President Engineering, SCHÜCO International KG, Bielefeld; Marcel Bilow, Dipl. Ing., Founder imagine envelope b.v.; Member of the Facade Research Group and PhD Researcher at TU Delft; Prof. Reto Wettach, University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam; Jan-Christoph Zoels, Senior Associate Professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea; Founding Partner of Experientia, Turin; Senior Associate Professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea; Carlos Alarcon,  Project Architect, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin
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WORKSHOP, 3 - 6 February 2011
Workshop coaches
: Dietmar Leyk, architect, visiting Professor Berlage Institute Rotterdam with Thomas Auer, climate engineer, Transsolar, Stuttgart and Daniel Dendra, anOtherAchitect, Berlin
Participants: Dzafar Bajraszewski, Cristina Basoli, Carolina Bossert, Alessandro Colli, Alexandra Dominic, Rune Jørgensen, Alejandro Lopez, Amit Mandelkern, Aliya Muslimova, Anna Strobl, Afra van't Lant, Kevin Walsh, Liss C. Werner
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