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Interactive Interior Design

August 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location:238 Azrieli Pavilion


Sara Nabil, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carleton University


Interior spaces often house numerous decorative objects, some of which are functional, but many of which are kept for purely aesthetic purposes. What if they can do more? What if interior spaces can interact with us, with the environment or with each other? In my research, I have been exploring and testing smart materials that can add interactivity, dynamic movements and ‘smartness’ to such objects. Moreover, I tackle research questions concerning how people might perceive, interact and live with such ‘interioractive’ prototypes.


Sara Nabil is a Post-doctoral Fellow at CIL (Creative Interactions Lab) in Carleton University who did her PhD in OpenLab, Newcastle, UK. Her research integrates interior design with interaction design, using soft seamless sensing, e-textiles and smart materials that are malleable, shape-changing or colour-changing. Sara’s work has been exhibited at a number of exhibitions including ‘Living with Adaptive Architecture’ (Lakeside Arts Gallery Nottingham, UK 2018) and the Immersive Hive (Great North Museum, UK 2018). Her background includes both a BSc in Computing and an MSc in OUI design with prior experience as an HCI Lecturer, Interior Designer and Sr. Software Developer.