The Future of Interactive Architecture

John-Mark Collins, Storylab’s Creative Director, gave a guest lecture on the future of interactive architecture at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) on April 11, 2017. SAP is the only professional school in the country that exists within both the state’s flagship institution and is a Carnegie rated Category 1, High Intensive Research, Hispanic and Minority serving public university.

Using the physical structure of a location to tell a story, interactive architecture is the fusion of space, technology, motion and media. By tracking a user’s location through a physical space, contextual information and experiences are created specific to that location.

So what is the future of interactive architecture? Storylab’s mantra and John-Mark’s passion lies in creating immersive and interactive experiences that are tailor-made for particular spaces. Each situation utilizes the most appropriate hardware with custom software solutions, focusing on the visitor’s journey through a space to deliver contextual content and experiential graphics/media. Using a combination of new technologies and timeless interaction and design techniques to build new dynamic spaces, contextual and locational storytelling allows visitors get the information they need as they need it. The future of interactive architecture is that spaces will be personally responsive and dynamic.

Hosted by: Tim Castillo - http://saap.unm.edu/resource-center/sap-people/faculty-profiles/tim-castillo.html

For his design thinking class: http://timc50.wixsite.com/designthinking17

Thanks AZA!

Storylab was a proud sponsor of the icebreaker event at the ABQ BioPark on the evening of March 28, 2017 at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Mid-Year Meeting in Albuquerque. Storylab invited attendees to experience our VR fish demo, which allowed users to explore Lake Tahoe below its surface, view the lake bed and follow various indigenous trout species that can be found there. Additional information was also available for viewers, such as fish species, average depth, temperatures other facts. This information allowed viewers to contextualize the experience on the spot.

Storylab also featured an augmented reality experience, which featured specially designed posters that allowed additional content to be visible when a tablet or smartphone was placed in front of them. For many attendees, this was their first VR and AR experience and they were both a hit!


Storylab was also an exhibitor at the AZA conference held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. We had fun meeting people and helping the zoo and aquarium community understand how augmenting existing spaces and utilizing technology can enhance their exhibits and attract new and repeat visitors.