Professor of Innovative Technology at the Bartlett & founder of the Bartlett Interactive Architecture Workshop. His research and the direction of the BIAW comes from his long standing interest in the time-based aspects of architecture which relate to human occupation and building use. Stephen roots these in his early interest in cybernetics and building briefwriting. This has led to Stephen looking at the use of buildings using performance analogies, especially those developed by Bateson and Goffman. It has also led to an interest into the ways that buildings might ‘put on’ performances to entertain and enlighten their occupants. Some of the reasons for these investigations are the obvious possibilities that arise from increasingly cheap sensing, computation and activation devices that can be placed in the built environment. Stephens research also examines the way that the technology of building relates to the external environment. This continues to leads to studies of passive and assisted passive ventilation systems, natural light and its intersection with artificial light, heating and thermal insulation and diurnal cooling.
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