Over 100 years ago, Einstein determined that time is relative, declaring an end to the concept of a universal present in time. Every major artistic field has attempted to reconcile this fact with the exception of one: Architecture and Design. Static architecture is connected to our notion of the present being universal. As we broaden our definition of time beyond the universal present, we broaden our our notion of what architecture and design can do, namely that it must move.
Drew Seskunas is an architect, inventor, and founder of the experimental design studio The Principals. His creations for kinetic and responsive spaces have been commissioned by clients including MoMA PS1, The New Museum, Microsoft, Ford Motors, and the New York City Parks Department among others. Recently, he formed Seskunas Architecture Workshop (SAW) to apply his research in kinetic and responsive design to permanent architectural space. He holds degrees in architecture from the Pratt Institute and the University of Maryland and is a registered architect in the State of New York as well as an adjunct professor in Kinetic Design at Parsons School of Constructed Environments.