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Hier, Ryan G. "Transforming Architecture: Engaging the Built Environment" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
Contemporary society is transfixed by the newest piece of technology. More often than not these devices serve as commodities; eliminating a certain amount of burden from daily life. The architectural realm is no different. Building design decisions are constantly scrutinized by their ability to perform, with respect to energy consumption and conservation. However, there is a different type of building performance worth considering: the act of transformation. Transformable architecture has the ability to change structure, space, and function through physical movement of the architecture.
In an age where technology succeeds in disengaging humans from interaction with each other, it can also succeed in the design and fabrication of architecture that facilitates active participation and engagement between users and the built environment.