Future of human-building interaction

Hamed S. Alavi, Denis Lalanne, Julien Nembrini, Elizabeth Churchill, David Kirk, Wendy Moncur

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    In 2030, we will have a different interactive experience with our built environments, at home, at work, and even in public urban spaces. This is attributed to advancements in sensing and actuation systems that can integrate into the building infrastructures, in symbiosis with the new environmental concerns that call for new life, work, and mobility styles. This change, whether gradual or sudden, evident or seamless, can have a remarkable impact on our everyday experiences, and thus entails efforts to envision possible scenarios and plan for them. We believe that buildings, as they would embody our digital and physical interactive daily experiences, should be designed and nurtured in a dialogue with their users at the individual as well as social levels. This implies a responsibility of the HCI community to intervene and involve the user in the Human-Building Interaction (HBI) design practice. We propose bringing together expertise from the fields of human-computer interaction, building and urban architecture, and social sciences, and provide them with an occasion for collaboratively creating and sharing "images" of HBI by 2030. The goal is to uncover research opportunities and challenges that will emerge through discussions and multifaceted debates about the topics proposed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450340823
    ISBN (Print)9781450340823
    Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
    EventCHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
    Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
    https://chi2016.acm.org/wp/ (Link to conference website)


    ConferenceCHI 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Jose
    Internet address


    • Human-Building Interaction
    • Home Automation
    • Smart Home
    • Interactive Architecture

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Software


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