InteracTable is a low-cost Tangible User Interface (TUI). It was designed and prototyped for the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology with the assistance of students: Jakub Andrzejewski, Kacper Karpiński and Damian Lachtara. We believe it can be a powerful participatory tool that supports architectural design processes and urban-scale analyses in an intuitive way for both professionals an non-professionals.
The device is a table-like structure in which the tabletop was replaced with a translucent glass panel with a dual objective: to create possibility for backlit projection and at the same time to provide users with working space. The table is equipped with a camera placed above the glass panel for capturing elements that are handled by users, while the projector responsible for computer-user feedback is placed below its surface.
InteracTable has been used in various processes as an analytical and design tool in an architectural and urban scale. In 2017, the tool was used in a student workshop co-organised by the Faculty of Architecture in Warsaw and Architektura Parametryczna, during which the participants were to investigate walking and cycling accessibility within the city of Warsaw and to enhance connections by diminishing distances on the street network between two sides of the river: by finding optimal position of a new bridge or bridges.
HOPLA (Home Planner) is a computer-aided design system elaborated in collaboration with Krystian Kwieciński at Warsaw University of Technology aimed at simplifying customization of house design. It merges aspects of user decisions in design with computer-automated tasks. The tool was developed thinking about participatory design to help future dwellers in designing their houses.
The system consists of two core elements: an algorithm based on a generic grammar responsible for generating design solutions in relation to user input, and a Tangible User Interface based on InteracTable allowing users to introduce data and to control the process in an intuitive way.