ALIVE: Advancements in Adaptive Architecture

In instances the place the very thought of ‘nature’ is wondered not just in its philosophical size, yet within the center of its organic materiality, we have to think again the interrelations among structure and nature. This not just applies to concepts on environmental accountability yet both on anticipatory human habit and cultural or demographic variety.

To handle those demanding situations this publication proposes to embody the unknown and domesticate the architectural self-discipline in the direction of an built-in and cross-disciplinary perform. It unravels compelling leading edge and forward-thinking layout narratives via major foreign practitioners and researchers who examine novel institutions among structure, nature and humanity for a destiny, alive structure. based round the 3 heavily cross-linked center topics “bioinspiration”, “materiability”, and “intelligence” the booklet engages with the start line of an rising new layout box, the place the symbiosis of physics, biology, computing and layout offers the redefinition of what we name structure this present day.

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However, until now, digital fabrication tools have been used by designers to materialize their design by accessing materials as a library of consistent and physically homogeneous properties. Neri Oxman (2010) writes: “Functionally graded digital fabrication is a novel design approach offering the potential to program physical matter. ” 3 #20 #21 ESSAYS . 178 /. This innovative additive manufacturing method allows objects to be formed on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, without the need of support structures.

3 50 biodiversity ALIVE ADVANCEMENTS IN ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE U rban L i f e + U rban N ature Cities are our new nature, giant petri dishes of life. They have even become great patrons and protectors of that older, pre–urban nature. ”2 Urban growing is exploding as agriculture joins culture on spare balconies, walls, rooftops, and disused railway tracks. Councils in England are increasingly mandating biodiversity—calling on homeowners to cohabit with other creatures and make room in their eaves for birds and bats.

The two projects presented here explore similar design strategies of physically programming a responsive material system that computes form in exchange with the environment, requiring neither extraneous mechanical or electronic controls, nor the supply of energy, to do so. no–tech E mbedded R e s p on s i v ene s s Nature has evolved a great variety of dynamic systems interacting with climatic influences. For architecture, one particularly interesting way is the moisture–driven movement that can be observed in spruce cones.

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