Beco is right at the intersection of digital systems and physical spaces – along side the forward-thinking Computational Design (CoDe) group at the Australian School of Architecture + Design, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales.

Led by Hank Haeusler (Director of Computational Design) and Luke Hespanhol (Lecturer), a group of students spent last semester creating design proposals for ‘responsive urban environments.’ The studio focused on experience-driven and value-driven design for interactive physical spaces.

When we heard about the studio, it was clear that Beco technology would be an extraordinary resource and tool for responsive, digital architecture. Like concrete or electrical wiring or solar panels, we believe that spatial data and real-time interactions can become a resource for designers and architects. Beco sponsored the studio and challenged the students to re-consider the future of spatial experience.

With access to Beco beacons and the Beco Cloud platform, a team of students got to work designing and prototyping an interactive urban media system. Deployed at scale, their concept would allow users to:

(a.) control public media displays in urban spaces (imagine putting your own content on one of the Times Square screens – for yourself, or to share)
(b.) to create a personalized ‘media space’ that seamlessly travels throughout a city (imagine reading your New York Times article across all billboard screens in the subway)

The designers envision a future in which citizens become ‘moving art exhibitions’ or ‘nomadic installations.’ The forward-thinking project was featured at VIVID Sydney – the world’s biggest event for innovation in lighting and digital-spatial media. See more here.

Our team at Beco is proud to be involved with research and design, and we will continue our partnership with the Computational Design group at UNSW.