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Architecture in every sense

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Universidad Piloto de Colombia exhibit Public realm furniture that uses light, sound and movement to interact with pedestrians

One of the most eye-catching sights at the Milan Furniture Fair so far was a display by designers at Universidad Piloto de Colombia of public realm furniture that used light, sound and movement to interact with pedestrians.

A reclining chair was developed with proximity sensors, which allowed the work to glow in warm (red/pink) colours when people approached it, and to glow in cooler (blue/green) colours when passers-by moved further away.

Audio interaction with pedestrians came in the form of a sound wall. The designers used the motifs of church, politics and people (the three principal powers of Latin American countries, so one of the designers told me) to select the sounds that would be played by the sound wall when in proximity to passers-by. These included church music, inaugural presidential addresses and the sounds of chatter.

Finally, the team exhibited stools that would move around their location, forming a line of seats when a bus approached, then moving away from the space when no longer needed.

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