The last few years have seen the breakthrough of interactive technologies into the mainstream. "Interactive architecture" can mean a lot of different things, but in this case, we're using the phrase to refer to place-based installations that intervene in the built environment and react to their surroundings. These projects, and their creators, are using (relatively!) simple technologies to reorient the relationships between user, architect, and structure (yell, move, draw, jump - and change a facade!).
There's a huge amount of diversity in the following videos: some are processing-based projects, some are all about the social experience of the intervention, others are geurilla-style covert ops that cease to exist after just a few hours. Many of them explore the building envelope - as a canvas, a permeable surface, or a performance space. Click through for ten great videos.
The technology for many of these interventions was largely developed first by the Brooklyn-born collective Graffiti Research Lab and F.A.T. Lab (which you should check out, if you haven't yet) a few years ago. These groups post DIY instructions of their work online, making it possible for people across the globe to utilize the same relatively accessible technologies in their own home towns.
Put on your headphones, check out the following ten videos (plus a very cool bonus video at the end - eye tracking software for a immobilized graffiti artist).
Untitled photo of GRL projection onto Brooklyn Bridge, by urban_data at flickr
1) Graffiti Research Lab, Interactive Architecture.
4) Monuments + Bits from Khoury Levit Fong.
6) Evoke from Usman Haque Design & Research.