Reactive Architecture: Smart buildings respond to the environment 

Exhibition now closed 19 Sep 2009 – 11 Apr 2010
Free entry
Arts; People and history 

WideShut, courtesy of Uwe Rieger.
WideShut, courtesy of Uwe Rieger.

This exhibition takes us into a possible future. Architects, engineers and designers are all looking for ways to save energy and make buildings more sustainable. These six installations look at some new and exciting ideas.

Some of them look to nature – who would think that a dragonfly’s wing held some possible answers? One explores ‘people power’; several show how buildings can be built to respond to changing weather or even just the comings and goings of people going about their business. And an international design project being worked on here could mean that New Zealand has the first Passive House in the southern hemisphere.