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from June 14 to 18, the third edition of Arquibio will be taking place in the Museu Zoológico de Coimbra (in Portugal):

“Arquibio 2010 is a series of international lectures and workshops on topics connecting architecture and design with the “bio-logics”. It is intended that the lecturers and visiting scholars allow a consistent connection between current biological and architectural knowledge bringing light of recent technological advances.

The premise is that the fusion between biological and technological world is now a reality that cannot be ignored. Computers and robotics prove to be capable of releasing the architects and designers of a catalog architecture, based on still images, teaching us new fields of interaction in which complex processes similar to those that occur in nature, take center stage and allow a more consistent connection with the living environment.”

a new door as been opened in the history of mankind: the creation of a self-replicating artificial life form, “who’s parent is a computer”.

and from after this one, infinite new doors open now: new and more efficient vaccines can now be tailored to the virus they’re designed to eradicate; new bacteria might be designed to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it back into an usable fuel form;  and maybe – one day – new tailor-made artificial materials that we can grow, harvest and use.

streching it a little more, maybe one day we’ll even be able to tailor an artificial life with the desired properties for a special climate/condition and design the way it’s ought to replicate itself, in order to generate genetically-coded forms and spaces.

welcome to a new era!

bacteria and time are the base ingredients for this Architectural approach to a big problem: <<serious natural hazards>>.

one of the aspects i find most interesting about this proposal is the way Magnus Larsson uses the source of the problem – the sand – as its solution: the problem of the villages surrounding deserts relies on the sand’s movement, so he found a natural way to bind it together (back into a rock) and create Architectural spaces out of it.

congratulations, Magnus!

<<Architecture student Magnus Larsson wants to turn some of the most deserted and harsh landscapes on the planet into habitable structures. How? By turning loose sand dunes into solid architecture using bacteria. A team at UC Davis has been looking at the microorganism bacillus pasteurii to solidify the ground in earthquake-prone areas. As Larsson puts it, “All I did was to deliberately misapply their technology … and to pump up the scale, and turn it into a 6,000-km-long wall that’s made of sand and protects against sand.”>>

“The ‘Concrete Geometries’ Research Cluster at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London is seeking submissions of work from the fields of art, architecture, sciences and humanities that explore the relationship between spatial form and social or aesthetic processes.”

this is an interesting opportunity for the development of studies in algorithmic architecture. go for it!

(click the image to download the pdf version)

An Evolutionary Architecture investigates fundamental form-generating processes in architecture, paralleling a wider scientific search for a theory of morphogenesis in the natural world. It proposes the model of nature as the generating force for architectural form. The profligate prototyping and awesome creative power of natural evolution are emulated by creating virtual architectural models which respond to changing environments. (…)
Architecture is considered as a form of artificial life, subjec, like the natural world, to principles of morphogenesis, genetic coding, replication and selection. The aim of an evolutionary architecture is to achieve in the built environment the symbiotic behaviour and metabolic balance that are characteristic of the natural environment.”