Amphibious Architecture Lets You Text The Fish
Floating installations in New York provide an interface between life above and below the water.
New floating installations in New York submerges computing into the East River and the Bronx River, with a range of sensors under the water and lights above. Amphibious Architecture was developed by the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University. It was commissioned by the Architectural League of New York for the Toward the Sentient City exhibition.
The sensors monitor water quality, presence of fish, and human interest in the river ecosystem. The lights respond to the sensors and create feedback loops between humans, fish, and their shared environment. An SMS interface allows citizens to text-message the fish, to receive real-time information about the river, and to contribute to a display of collective interest in the environment.