Redesigning the Bird Table

Interactive Installation

Thames Valley - 2006

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Fred Guttfield fabricated this interactive bird table as part of his research into the relationship of architecture and ecology.

An accelerometer and an electronic chip allow the table to learn about visitors and develop a variety of moods. A motorised fan allows the table to eject visitors and preserve resources during busy feeding times or conversely attract birds with a rocking motion when it is less busy.

The premise is that for architecture to become more ecological, it must try to become more sensitive to the ecology it is part of and learn more from its surroundings.

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