Computing Atmospheres

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10922)


Atmospheres have a considerable effect on the body and mind and the ways in which we inhabit spaces and correspond to our surroundings. Architecture contributes to the dialog between the senses and the (electronic and physical) environment. As a form of atmospheric interface, architecture augments or intimates sensible ambient human-computer interactions. This paper explores how a number of architects—Frank Lloyd Wright, Luis Barragán, Iannis Xenakis, Bernard Tschumi, Peter Zumthor—have staged, composed and modeled atmospheres to produce architectural backdrops as receptacle for sensory and emotional engagement with the ambient. These examples form a baseline for considering ways in which computational design practices can create atmospheric architecture—sensory spaces of effect and affect.


Atmosphere Emotion Architecture Atmospheric data Sensory data Computation Ambient 


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  1. 1.Penn State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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