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How can biology inform architects?

Julian Vincent

Julian Vincent is a biologist who spent the last eight years of his university career as a professor of mechanical engineering. His 300+ publications cover biomechanics of animals and plants (mostly materials), texture of food, smart materials, techniques of TRIZ, and more. In his retirement he is collecting consultancies and professorships and continues lecturing and writing and doing a few experiments. His ambition is to make biomimetics the new engineering and to play his banjo in Carnegie Hall. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Design Innovation for the Built Environment : Research by design and the renovation of practice

Routledge, 2012

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... How can biology inform architects? Julian Vincent Biological extinction has been associated with events of geological magnitude. Events have been both exogenous (the meteor, for instance, which created the Chicxulub crater in Mexico...

Synthesis: Entangled Materials, Tools and Methods

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at The Department of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soft Living Architecture : An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

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...This chapter introduces specific concepts and apparatuses used in prototyping soft living architecture. It invites an expanded toolset for inventing parallel modes of making and inhabiting spaces, which includes (hyper)complex fabrics like...

Embracing Change

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at The Department of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soft Living Architecture : An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

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...In developing an ethical practice of prototyping parallel worlds, alternative frameworks for practice and research, appropriate modes of evaluation are needed. This chapter explores potential methodologies, experiments, apparatuses...

Life as You Don’t Know It

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at The Department of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soft Living Architecture : An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

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...The framing of life’s character and its difference from machines sets the scene for the application of Gould’s thought experiment to an architectural practice of worlding. In re-running the tape of life, from around the start of life...

Further Reading: The Seminal Books of the Nineties

Sim Van der Ryn

Sim Van der Ryn is the president of EcoDesign Collaborative, a Northern California firm known for its pioneering work in integral design. For over 30 years he taught architecture and design at the University of California, Berkeley, inspiring a new generation to create buildings and communities that are sensitive to place, climate, and the flow of human interactions. As California State Architect in the seventies he was responsible for designing and building the first series of groundbreaking energy efficient, people-friendly, climate responsive government buildings. He is the author of six groundbreaking books about planning and design, which have helped inspire architects to see the myriad ways they can apply physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. Van der Ryn lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Culture, Architecture and Nature : An Ecological Design Retrospective

Routledge, 2014

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... further Reading: The Seminal books of the Nineties After the Clockwork Universe: The Emerging Science and Culture of Integral Society by Sally J. Goerner, 1999 The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry, 1999 Biomimicry...

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Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at The Department of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Soft Living Architecture : An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

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...The Living Architecture project is an example of an emerging, real-world, soft living architecture. In this chapter, it is accompanied by a progression of proposals that are based on real-world prototypes and parallel worlds, many of which...

What nature?

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...I have already referred to those digital technologies with which many readers are no doubt familiar, such as networked and ubiquitous smartphones, tablets...

Biohacking

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Biohacking is simply amateur biological science conducted in a modest, low-cost environment, but by deploying sophisticated data and equipment formerly within the reach only of large companies and research institutes. Biohacking...

Introduction: Natural Digital

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Digital technology comes off second best when compared with nature. The target of my study is the intriguing relationship between advanced digital technologies and what many choose to contrast it with –...

The Nature Parallel

Barry Bergdoll

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Return of Nature : Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability

Routledge, 2014

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... The Nature Parallel Barry Bergdoll What I present in the pages that follow operates quite differently from K. Michael Hays’s following analysis of Mies van der Rohe and the sublime, although I think that what I have to say will intersect...