Book launch 6. November, 2015 - 6 pm
AIL – Angewandte Innovation Laboratory
Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Opening remarks: Alexander Damianisch
Panel discussion: Gabriele Gramelsberger philosophy, media cultures
Leuphana University Luneburg, Advanced Studies on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Germany Julian Vincent biology, biomimetics
University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, UK
Moderation: Barbara Imhof
Built to Grow investigates growth patterns and dynamics from nature and applies them to architecture with the goal of creating a new living architecture. Specific biological processes are presented in-depth to identify principles of growth and translate them into exemplary architectural ideas and visions. This artistic research project comprised an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, biology, art, mechatronics and robotics.
Book Series of the University of Applied Arts Vienna Edited by Gerald Bast, Rector Birkhäuser
The book explores different pathways of experimenting with biology and architecture in the new field of Living Architecture. It takes architectural visions of a self-growing house and looks at growth patterns and dynamics from nature to apply them to the architectural visions. The book presents ideas, approaches and concepts for grown structures developed by an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, art, biology, robotics and mechatronics. The core part of the book establishes the relevance of this 2,5 years artistic research work. This includes hands-on experiments in a Biolab with biological role models such as the pathfinding slime mould, mycelium structures and metabolic systems around a novel 3D mobile printer. Excerpts from a conversation among different experts about agency, emergence and resilience and a discussion about the immanent values and ethical aspects of this research are reflected to contextualize the work within our world of change.
excerpts from Built to Grow
Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber
Rafael Sanchez Herrera
Laura Mesa Arango