Interactive Dynamic Design: Fashion and Architecture
Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
Recent advances in interactive design technologies are changing the way in which we engage with the world around us by influencing our perception, ways of communication, and awareness. This presentation explores the different scales at which our bodies are connected with the environment, ranging from an intimate scale and the world of wearable computing and interactive fashion, through to an architectural scale and the world of ubiquitous computing and interactive spaces through series of interactive projects. The ultimate goal here is to enhance the relationship between users and their surrounding environments by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems.
Behnaz Farahi is an architect, and interaction designer, exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body. In particular she is interested in the impleme...Show the rest
Behnaz Farahi is an architect, and interaction designer, exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body. In particular she is interested in the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.
Her work has been exhibited internationally in USA, Canada and China, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, the Creator Project. Behnaz Farahi has won several awards including first prize for the Kinetic Art Organization in 2013, first prize for the best student work at ACADIA conference in 2014, and an honorable mention at Beyond: Pavilion of Innovation in Barcelona in 2015. She is also the recipient of the Madworkshop Grant and the Rock Hudson Fellowship.
Behnaz Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems/ will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars.
She is currently an Artist in Residence at Autodesk, Pier 9. She also is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has an Undergraduate and two Masters degrees in Architecture.