Tables that tweet. Coffee cups that curate messages. Facades that fuel displays. This talk by Rudy el-Khoury invites the audience to imagine how our built environment will be transformed by information technology and objects that think, connect, and communicate with us and with each other.
Rodolphe el-Khoury is dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Trained as both a historian and a designer, he divides his time between scholarship and practice. The work of his firm, Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), has won international awards. He is the author of numerous books on 18th-century European architecture and contemporary architecture and urbanism, including See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency; The Living, Breathing, Thinking, Responsive Buildings of the Future; Monolithic Architecture; and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture. el-Khoury’s current research in architecture focuses on applications for embedded technology and robotics aiming at enhancing responsiveness and resilience in buildings and smart cities. el-Khoury’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets that cut across disciplines ranging from WIRED Magazine to the Wall Street Journal to the Space Channel to BBC World. He has shared his work through teaching, visiting professorships and lectures at dozens of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.