When Simon Kim says the word “architecture,” he doesn’t envisage traditional structures; he sees flexibility and dynamic movement. Kim pushes architecture to evolve. His firm, IK Studio, defines architecture as anything that mediates or changes an environment. Using modular robotics, Kim and his team have crafted a mobile POLYhouse that roams environments, a wearable Cloud Cloak that conceals the wearer’s identity, and a modular architectural display at the MoMA that can morph on a daily basis. Kim’s futuristic TEDxBeaconStreet talk challenges us to see architecture as more than geometry—it can be whatever we engineer it to be, to produce something extraordinary.
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