How do we find balance in our homes?

The reflection of motion on buildings has been one of the main concerns of architects since the beginning of modern architecture. It is a paramount aspect that separates modern architecture from the past. However, until recently most of the efforts have been in the area of representation of motion like denouncing symmetry as representing stability or applying traces of motion in and on buildings. There have been some exceptions like Homes on Wheels and Walking City, an idea proposed by British architect Ron Herron, a member of Archigram, in 1964. Efforts as such were marginalized by one of the main structural pillars of capitalist establishment that is the private ownership of land.

Recently, by advancing technology and digital technology and computer-aided design, some ventures have been surfaced to animate architecture. Greg Lynn is one of the pioneers in this field.

Iraj Yamin-Esfandiary

The following is a realized building project that has applied physical motion into the building:

ReActor is located at Ghent, New York, just over half an hour south of Albany, at the Omi International Arts Center. The 44-foot by 8-foot house made of concrete and wood rests atop a 15-foot tall column, and can rotate a full 360 degrees. The house moves depending on the movement of the inhabitants, or the wind and weather. Read more>>

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