By re-envisioning the means of crossing the field as illuminated pathways of communication, the smART field project extends the role of the pedestrian paths on the Drillfield as a vital campus link. The new paving infrastructure responds to the activities of people on campus, harvests energy from foot traffic, and reconceives the walking surface as a lighting and sensing instrument. At night the Drillfield will transmit campus happenings through subtle variations of light.
The paving system will withstand Blacksburg’s harsh weather conditions, be accessible to individuals of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs, and use technology to improve the user experience. The technology includes the integration of lighting, sensors, and energy harvesting to translate human activities and weather patterns. The goal of the project is to amplify the Drillfield’s traditional function as an immersive, responsive, and reflective heart of the campus.