Sensors are designed to detect and recognize the physical aspects of the world around us. They can measure everything from things like temperature, and lighting, to special content like heart rate variability and blood pressure. So, sensors are already widely used in many spaces to detect and measure information from our bodies. In 2018, Amazon launched its new app-enabled store, the Amazon Go store, to help its customers have a much more convenient and simpler shopping experience. This store represents the debut of Amazon’s new sensor technology, but also leaves a lot of concerns and challenges related to the future of sensors - how does sensor-based technology impact space? What is the potential use of biometrics in the architectural making?

Sensors work together to locate every single customer and record his/hers behaviors. The sensors market and industry are not only satisfied with sensors being used in detecting human physical behaviors, but also they want to expand the measurement to human emotions. By looking at different methods to recognize human emotions, this project will start by comparing and analyzing the differences between each method, in order to apply them in different settings.

This project works at the scale of the wall. Traditionally, a wall in building construction is to divide or enclose a space. Beyond space-planning, what if walls were used to generate environments - not only through the material, but also through sensing, modulation, and adaptation? Our project aims to provide a fully-sensing, free-moving wall system. Embedding sensor technologies such as motion sensors, heart rate sensors, infrared temperature sensors, the SenseWall? reads and responds to the biometric state of humans.


Architecture [BS]



Yunchuan Shen, Aaron Wrubel