Electronic Textiles for Architecture

Sarah Bonnemaison


This account of a project for a ‘warming hut’ at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax reveals how making use of the experimental framework provided by the pavilion type can allow architects to test the possibilities of a more responsive or interactive kind of environment.

Keywords: pavilion, architecture, electronic textiles, biofeedback, experiment, interactivity.

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DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2013w15sb

Biographical note

Sarah Bonnemaison was born and raised in Paris, but now works in Nova Scotia, where she takes inspiration from the sense of history in the Canadian province, its unique indigenous traditions that are different from those of Europe, and its exceptionally vital craft tradition capable of adapting in the face of changing technologies. She regards craft not as a traditional or hidebound practice but an opportunity to create new tools or explore better methods of construction. She teaches architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax and reflects on the meaning of architecture through lectures, writing and the curating of exhibitions.