Adaptive Strategies

Galo Patricio Moncayo Asan
Architecture, Energy Design
2022W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03925


The major design goal is to provide a built structure that is able to adapt to different climate and usage patterns and can display dynamic behaviour in response to stimuli from the inmediate surroundings and the occupants.

To construct the designs into scale models, different supportive tools and techniques will be deployed, such as numeric thermal building simulation, parametric design programming, micro-controllers and mechatronic systems among others.

The course will start with and arduino sensor workshop to be able to map the information form the outside and the inside of the structure live. The sensor will be of many kinds for ex:  sound, humidity, light, temperature, co2, etc. we will take this information, recorded and map it in real time using Rhino and Grasshopper. 

Once We have done that we will use this information to inform and guide the design of our prototypes.

Examination Modalities

This is an one assignment-driven course. Students will be expected to generate work based on their own experience. Students should take the initiative to discuss interests or obstacles, both conceptual and technical, with the instructor and their peers. Depending on the student’s level and work habits, more or less direction will be given by the instructor. Tremendous individual impetus for the making of work and participation in critiques is essential.

•Attendance is crucial and will be recorded.

•We will conduct critiques every second week with desk crits, discussion periods, and workshops during other class sessions; you will be expected to produce different stages of the project, appropriate to the work period scheduled, during the semester.

•When we are not meeting as a class to critique work or cover other material, CLASS TIME IS WORK TIME. You MUST be here and you MUST be working. The gathering of materials and tools must take place outside of class.

•Work that is not ready at the time of the critique will not be discussed as a class.

Work presented to me late will devalue one letter grade per successive class period until it is presented. Failure to attend a critique without providing documentation of extenuating circumstances will also devalue that session’s work by one grade; that is, failing to complete your work but coming to the critique anyway will only cost you one letter, but skipping the critique as well as turning work in late will cost you two.

•You will keep a notebook/sketchbook of what takes place during the semester. Some written assignments will not be collected and these must be done in your book. You must also bring this journal to every critique and studio meeting and write down what happens. You’ll thank me later.


Part of the course is an introduction to the use of micro-controller technologies in the creative practice. Projects will address motion control, sensor input, and graphic and audio interface through objects, building components, and their performance. The course focus will be on developing and designing components, design and programming software fluency, technical problem-solving approaches, and on critical discourse regarding technology in contemporary practice. Arduino and Arduino-compatible tools will serve as the primary development platform.


In interactive components: This course is an introduction to the practices, production, and consideration of electronic systems. A variety of components and processes, both physical and conceptual, will be explored through technical projects, creative projects, and supplementary research assignments. Because of the technical nature of the material covered, this workshop will seek to find a balance between content delivery and the development of individual solutions through group projects.


06 October 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
13 October 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
20 October 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 4
27 October 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 4
03 November 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
10 November 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 4
17 November 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
24 November 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 8
01 December 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
15 December 2022, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 9
12 January 2023, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
19 January 2023, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5
02 February 2023, 10:00–12:30 Seminar Room 5

Course Enrolment

From 21 July 2022, 13:11 to 07 October 2022, 13:11
Via online registration

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Instrumentarium: Experimental Strategies: Special Topics 443/004.21

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible