Kinetic Behavior, the Dynamic Potential through Architecture and Design

Kinetic Behavior, the Dynamic Potential through Architecture and Design

Mai M. Youssef

Demonstrator, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

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Kinetic behavior is a progressive methodology in architecture and design that allows some parts to move by mechanics or sensors, without reducing the overall structural integrity. It’s the dynamic approach that integrates the different aspects arranging the outlined design. This paper aims to study the impact of intelligent systems in the interior design to produce new structures for interior elements within the terms of varied patterns and shape. It reveals the emergence of kinetic systems as an adequate procedure and substantial function to rethink and reshape interior spaces through metamorphic design, mobility, and mechanisms. These systems are applied due to their transition to portray and shift either, through specific forms or materials to plan new interactive inhabited spaces. This paper dissects the changes affecting the function of interior spaces through the analysis and interpretation of some architectural projects adapting dynamic mobile systems on setting the state and the structure of the building. Additionally, the main criteria pertaining the design to achieve further responsive potential, that is more engaged to the recipient and the environmental surroundings. Finally, the paper discusses the results of implementing canny dynamic systems and kinetic mechanisms to the elements of interior design tend- ing how they can rapidly modify their function and regulate the performance and the efficiency and how to apply this methodology to reshape interior spaces.


dynamic interfaces, forms finding, interactive structures, kinetic architecture, materials, mechanisms, responsive design


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