I highly recommend Fox and Kemp's user-friendly "Interactive Architecture"; it is a concise resource, a must for everyone in the design related fields and anyone that has ever wondered what else was possible within the built environment. The thoughtful progression in the book is helpful for someone that had relatively no prior knowledge of the systems and technologies associated with this field. IA will spark your interest and curiosity immediately. It is also a beautifully designed book, full of amazing photographs that make you hungry for more.
Interactive Architecture (IA) is a great read and a must have in everyone's physical/ digital library. IA gives you a great overview of the area of research and its origins found in cybernetics, computer science, electrical, mechanical engineering and other disciplines. IA redefines the role of the designer as a catalyst of design that evolves with an understanding of the pragmatic and awareness of aesthetic, conceptual and philosophical issues. Michael Fox and Miles Kemp challenge the state of architectural design and propose transformable spaces that dynamically change and create adaptable spatial configurations through embedded computational infrastructures and intelligent feedback loop systems. The authors describe a future of the architectural profession in which a new level of consultancy and multi-disciplinary approach is needed to address the issues brought by innovative materials and biologically inspired systems. The book ends with a beautiful statement " IA as a field is not at the beginning, nor is it by any means at an end; but it is, in a sense, at the end of the beginning". I look forward to future editions and inspirational works in IA.