The world is filled with metamorphic behaviors. A caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly, and a tadpole metamorphoses into a frog. Besides these individual behaviors, collective behaviors, such as the optimization of ant colony, is also metamorphic (and sometimes emergent). Our trial is to design the architecture of metamorphic artifact by making full use of robotics, smart material and CAD/CAM technologies. We assume “architecture” is not only the things about buildings but “the concept and philosophy of artifact”. Our vision is to generate the totally new world in which, products lithely react to environmental changes, products create the cosmos through the movement, and products live in symbiotic relationship with human beings.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University