Stadtdialog Prof. Kent Larson
6. Juni 2011
18:00 bis 19:30 Uhr
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien
Die Vizebürgermeisterin der Stadt Wien Frau Mag. Maria Vassilakou erlaubt sich, zu einem Vortrag von Herrn Architekt Prof. Kent Larson (MIT) zum Thema
"Changin Places - How new strategies for architectural design, mobility systems, and networked intelligence create dynamic, evolving places that respond to the complexities of life"
Im Anschluss an den Vortrag diskutieren Prof. Larson, Vizebürgermeisterin Mag. Vassilakou, Prof. Luchsinger, Mag. Edeltraud Stiftinger und DI Katja Schechtner neue Strategien zur Veränderung von Städten.
Der Vortrag wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.
Kent Larson directs the Changing Places research group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the MIT Living Labs initiative in the School of Architecture and Planning. Current research is focused on three related areas:
Strategies to create high-performance, agile, personalized, places of living that respond to new ways of living and working. Buildings are disentangled into three independently configured layers: high performance chassis, integrated infill, and responsive façade modules. These concepts are being deployed in the City Home: a compact, technology-enabled, transformable apartment that functions as if a much larger space.
New types of shared-use light electric vehicles and intelligent fleet management to provide high-levels of service through sensor networks, dynamic incentives, and intelligent charging. The group is currently working on a full-scale prototype of the CityCar: a folding two-passenger vehicle with robot wheels and drive-by-wire control for urban mobility and highly efficient parking.
Wireless sensing, algorithms, and interfaces to understand and respond to human activity. Projects range from a persuasive thermostat using GPS location of occupants, a context-aware tunable LED lighting control system for office environments, and fine-grain activity recognition using mobile phones and wearable sensors for proactive health applications.
Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, the New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by the New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a „Best Design of the Year“ project.