Hybrid Physical + Digital Spaces

Enhancing workplace wellness

⚠️ Note: This is still an ongoing project; more information soon!

Many American are overstressed, overweight, tired, sick, distracted, wasteful, unhappy, and isolated. At the same time, people in countries like the United States spend 87% of their time indoors. Although there are hypotheses about buildings’ effects on occupant wellbeing, the evidence is sparse and few of these hypotheses have been tested at scale or over time.

The project’s vision is to expand the existing science in the field of “smart” buildings to create a new engineering discipline of hybrid physical + digital spaces. Our long-term objective is to develop a building information platform that promotes both environmental sustainability and occupant wellness and that can be easily employed in building design and management.

As a researcher at the Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group, my main focus was on biophilic design and developing a framework to apply biophilic design principles to digital interfaces.

Among the concepts I developed in presenting these principles was an update on the concept of a living wall, interfacing nature with tech through a projection-mapped surface. Bees, butterflies, and other virtual insects would fly among the surfaces inspired by natural, organic geometries, representing workers on the floor. This ambient technology takes principles of soft fascination to help workers in think more creatively.

This research is funded by a 2018 grant from the Stanford Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions.