Transformative Responsive Environments

Hanyang University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Transformative Responsive Environments

  • Host University

    Hanyang University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    As we enter the era of “Smart” environments and mass customization, humans face
    the condition of wanting their surroundings to respond and adapt to their individual
    needs. The sense of personal space has not only transformed from the distance
    between one human to another, but from data to screen. This is forcing a paradigm
    shift in the way that we interact with our environments at all scales, from the large
    infrastructural scale to the micro processing scale. The concept that eventually any
    object can be “smart” implies that everything has the potential to collect data,
    analyse it and respond to it in a way that can transform and respond to a user’s need.
    This class will focus on the aspect of these transformable and responsive
    environments not necessarily as a focus on “smart” technologies, but more on the
    actual physical implications that this new culture of immediacy and customization has
    on urban spaces. This will be investigated through prototypes, precedent studies, and
    material research.


    By the end of the course, students will have the ability to:
    -discuss future environments as a product of technology.
    -develop conceptual environments.


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