High Wire was funded through the Applied Research Collaborative (ARC), a University sponsored design build seminar that attempts to extend initial robotic research and implementation at Taubman College through the design and fabrication of an inhabitable, architecturally scaled project. Programmatically, ARC serves a dual purpose as lounge and meeting space to catalyze collaboration within a university research complex. The construct is integrated with an array of microphones and motion sensors whose data is processed through an interactive LED display, thus providing a visual register of interaction between the campus’s creative researchers.
ARC’s global form is a response to both the basic pragmatics of collaborative work environments (e.g.: work surfaces, projection) and the need to precisely locate an array of digital sensors in physical space. Robotically fabricated space frames provide an ideal level of flexibility to accommodate these positions.