WABI: Facilitating Synchrony Between Inhabitants of Adaptive Architecture

  • Nils JägerEmail author
  • Holger Schnädelbach
  • Jonathan Hale
  • David Kirk
  • Kevin Glover
Part of the Springer Series in Adaptive Environments book series (SPSADENV)


We spend most of our lives in buildings where we interact with people that occupy the same space. A common and intuitive form of interaction with others is to synchronise our own behaviour with theirs, and such interpersonal synchrony can have various benefits for our wellbeing. We present research that investigates how a new prototype of digitally-driven adaptive architecture called WABI facilitates behavioural synchrony between its inhabitants. We designed three interaction modes that each feature a unique mapping and processing of physiological data emanating from inhabitants. Qualitative feedback from a first exploratory study indicates that the different interaction modes affect how inhabitants interact and synchronise their behaviours. We discuss how adaptive architecture might contribute to wellbeing, therapy, and sports by facilitating synchrony.


Adaptive architecture Synchrony Embodied interaction Data mapping Empirical study 



We thank all the participants of the study. This work was supported by the EPSRC under Grant EP/P505658 and Grant EP/M000877/1; the University of Nottingham via the Nottingham Research Fellowship “The Built Environment as the Interface to Personal Data” and Loughborough University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nils Jäger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Holger Schnädelbach
    • 2
  • Jonathan Hale
    • 3
  • David Kirk
    • 4
  • Kevin Glover
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Architecture, Building and Civil EngineeringLoughborough UniversityLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Mixed Reality Laboratory, School of Computer ScienceUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.Department of Architecture and Built Environment, School of EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  4. 4.Department of Computer and Information ScienceNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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