PROGRAMME-d aims to reimagine the process of construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and experience within the built environment. By combining the principles of universal design along with the scientific principles of self-assembly, we have a form that not only comes to life, but is also able to react to the actions of its users and improve spatially because of those interactions. PROGRAMME-d gives users the opportunity to take a stagnant object and bring it to life. The user is also able to adjust the space according to their needs. This smart, flexible design, allows for users to manipulate the nodes of the building to create new program.
PROGRAMME-d is inspired by the research conducted at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. Self-Assembly is a process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through local interaction. By understanding a material’s properties and being able to control them, you can program a material to assemble into any form, using boundaries and passive energy to activate the self-assembly. This project takes the concept of self-assembly and adapts it to the scale of a building.