HyperCell is a series of design projects developed along with Jia-Rey Chang’s Ph.D. research. These projects support the concept of the research, a design framework for real-time interactive architecture. Following the nature-inspired principles, and especially inspired by the research of the Evolutionary Development Biology (Evo-Devo), the HyperCell was designed as a modular intelligent building block to compose a real-time adaptive architectural space. The principles derived from Evo-Devo were sufficiently embodied within the design developments of HyperCell as the “Simple to Complex”, “Geometric Information Distribution”, and “On/Off Switch and Trigger”. The “Simple to Complex” logic refers to a modular componential system, like how our spines are composed by similar and repeated bone elements; “Geometric Information Distribution” indicates the communication protocol among each cell from the evolution of the embryological phase; “On/Off Switch and Trigger” idea represents not only the common idea between the operating mechanism of DNA and computers but also an assembly logic for the construction of space.
HyperCell, as a transformable building block, is like a cell in a body, an agent of a swarm, which is the fundamental module composed of a larger and ultimate interactive spatial body, the HyperBody. In other words, with their own rough intelligence and behaviors (not necessary to be high-intelligent), they are able to make decisions and interact not only among themselves but also with the surroundings to “emerge” a relatively larger intellectual form. Under this premise, the research executed the idea with design projects on different focuses which are exhibited as followings.
To have more understanding, please see the paper here starting from pp.50: http://www.enhsa.net/archidoct/Issues/ArchiDoct_vol2_iss1/main.html