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Keith Evan Green
My research lies at the interface of design, robotics, and psychology. My ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB [ARL] develops, prototypes, and evaluates cyber-physical environments for an increasingly digital society. We strive to design artifacts that cultivate interactions across living things and their surroundings to make techno(eco)logical systems. In so doing, we develop new vocabularies of design and new, complex realms of understanding towards novel, computational and bio-centric design propositions.
The physical, built environment, from furniture to the metropolis, is the next frontier of design, robotics, and human-environment interaction. My book Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes, and Biology (MIT Press, 2016) establishes this design-research trajectory.
At Cornell University, I am Professor in the department of Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA) with a joint appointment in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). I was previously the Mickel Endowed Chair in Architecture and professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clemson University, and the founding Director of the Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems & Environments. I have researched and taught for extended periods in Auckland (New Zealand), Milan (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), and most recently Delft (Netherlands) where I was Visiting Professor at TU Delft's ID-StudioLab (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering) and the Hyperbody Research Group (Faculty of Architecture).
The ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB is defined by radical collaboration. Our research-and-teaching participants are drawn from Architecture & Design, Mechanical, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Library & Information Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Digital Humanities, Media and Fine Arts, and the Health Sciences. Together, we address problems and opportunities of an increasingly digital world by developing and testing Architectural Robotics - meticulous, artfully-designed, environments that act, think and grow with their inhabitants.
Informed by human needs and wants and a concern for the planet, the ARL focuses on applications that include: healthcare, creativity and learning, working life, autonomous and space transport, community and civic life, disaster relief, and mass urbanization. In designing for these, we dedicate ourselves to understanding populations sometimes overlooked by designers: children, adults aging in place, under-served communities, and individuals of all ages suffering from illness, disabilities and the challenges of dislocation, disassociation, and relocation.