PICNIC Organic Design, Living Architecture


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Living Architecture is an alternative model for sustainable architectural practice that challenges current notions of what our buildings are made of and how they are constructed. Living Architecture is part of the biosphere and can be thought of as having some of the properties of living systems

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PICNIC Organic Design, Living Architecture

  1. 1. PICNIC Organic Design Living Architecture Rachel Armstrong TEDGlobal Fellow, Teaching Fellow, AVATAR group The Bartlett School of Architecture [email_address]
  2. 2. Living Architecture <ul><li>New model of sustainable architectural practice that directly connects the built environment to nature </li></ul>
  3. 3. Architecture as Biosphere <ul><li>Living Architecture is part of the biosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated through common chemical language called metabolism </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolism connects living systems to the environment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Metabolic Materials <ul><li>Materials that are capable of metabolism </li></ul><ul><li>These materials are ‘living’ and can be thought of as Living Technology </li></ul>
  5. 5. Living Technology <ul><li>Possess some but not all of the properties of living systems </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitatively different to 20 th century technologies with which we are familiar </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of growth, movement, sensitivity, repair, complex behaviour and even reproduction </li></ul>
  6. 6. Low Tech Biotech <ul><li>For practical purposes in the built environment, these materials need to be robust, safe, ubiquitous and inexpensive </li></ul>
  7. 7. Innovation by Design <ul><li>Use existing metabolic systems and materials to create the desired outcome </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Cellular Gardening’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Growing Silicon Bone Diatom factory Growing silicon bone that combines structural and semi-conductor properties Courtesy Shin Tseng
  9. 9. Innovation by Invention <ul><li>Low tech, chemical computers </li></ul><ul><li>Protocell technology: an example of Living Technology </li></ul><ul><li>NO DNA </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the chemistry of oils </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable using inorganic chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Can produce architectural outcomes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Protocell Technology
  11. 11. Protocell Cluster
  12. 12. Modification of Environment
  13. 13. Skin Shedding
  14. 14. Producing Solid Material
  15. 15. Protocell Pearl
  16. 16. Protocell Shell
  17. 17. Sustainably Reclaiming Venice <ul><li>Protocell technology programmed to move away from light and deposit limestone under the wood pile foundations of the historic city </li></ul><ul><li>Generation of an artificial reef </li></ul><ul><li>New ecological niches for marine organisms </li></ul>
  18. 18. Protocell Technology Protocell technology Programmed to create solid out of dissolved carbon dioxide Courtesy Christian Kerrigan
  19. 19. Protocell Photosensitivity Protocell technology under wood piles underneath Venice Programmed to move away from light filled canals to darkened foundations Courtesy Christian Kerrigan
  20. 20. Protocell Activation Protocell technology petrifying foundations Protocell technology forms solid materials by crystallization and accretion Courtesy Christian Kerrigan
  21. 21. Venetian Artificial Reef Artificial Reef underneath Venice Sensitive to environmental variables and local marine ecology Courtesy Christian Kerrigan
  22. 22. Summary <ul><li>It is possible to ‘solve’ climate change by addressing the underlying chemistry contributing to Global Warming </li></ul><ul><li>Living Architecture is one way in which we can start to do this </li></ul>