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"Microbes are the Factories of the Future"

— Suzanne Lee of BioCouture

Bioprinting Immortality! The future of regenerative medicine and manufacturing with 3D printing, watch the video

"ADAPTIVE MORPHOLOGIES: Toward a Morphogenesis of Material Construction" by Carolina Ramirez Figueroa

Description via ACADIA.org Papers

Architectural discourse has recently suggested a new material practice derived from advances in the field of synthetic biology. As biological organisms can now be designed and engineered for specific purposes, it is expected that, in the near future, it will be possible to program even more complex biologically based systems. One potential application is to literally grow buildings by programming cellular organisms to fabricate and deposit material into architecturally relevant patterns. Our current design methods do not anticipate the potentially challenging material practice involved in a biologically engineered architecture, where there is a loose and emergent relationship between design and material articulation. To tackle this conflict, we developed SynthMorph, a form-finding computational tool based on basic biological morphogenetic principles. A reflection is offered on its use, discussing the effect of multicellular morphogenesis on the production of shape. We conclude that such a strategy is an adaptive design method in two ways: (a) the mechanics of design using morphological constraints involve a practice of dynamic and continuous negotiation between a design intent and material emergence, and (b) the proposed design strategy hints at the production of a biologically produced architecture, which would potentially behave as an adaptive organism.

Living Agents in Construction: Protocells and Natural Computing with Rachel Armstrong

I recently had the opportunity to share a few interview questions with Dr. Rachel Armstrong, specialist on living architecture and protocell technology, Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director of AVATAR (Advance Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London.

Here, I ask Rachel about her design philosophy involving protocells, sharing what its future place might be in the architectural profession.

Read the full interview here at frmlab.com

How do we engage living agents in construction? Imagine a surface, able to grow, swell, digest, repair, or even, self-adjust to changing environmental conditions. Emerging research in biotechnology—including synthetic biology, natural computing, tissue engineering and bioinformatics—could offer us abilities in creating architectures of a near living state.

A popular agent used by chemists and biologists is the protocell. A protocell is an chemical representation of an artificially living cell, stripped down to essential elements. Therefore, they have living qualities and behaviours, but are not tied to any specific DNA (like in the process of growing an entire living cell from fatty acids and proteins), and therefore cannot be considered as fully living. With this knowledge, the protocell gives us capabilities in material computing and the ability to apply the principles of synthetic biology in architecture, proving that there is an ability to create artificial life that is useful in the creation of physical material that is autonomous and self-aware. Protocell technology therefore has the potential to form the basis for new smart materials in architecture.

This is organic machinery we can build with.

Here, I ask Rachel Armstrong about her design philosophy involving protocells, sharing what its future place might be in the architectural profession.

Artful Bacteria: Glass Art by Luke Jerram

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Living Architecture Workshop: ACADIA 2013 in Review

I’ve posted some new content on the F_RMlab website. Read it here:

Field Guide up and running at #unsilentnight2013 #cambridgeon #galt #frmlab #F_RMlab #waterlooarchitecture #f_rmlab

Installing Field Guide again for #UnsilentNight2013 #cambridgeon #galt #FRMLAB #WaterlooArchitecture #f_rmlab

Installing Field Guide again for #UnsilentNight2013 #cambridgeon #galt #FRMLAB #WaterlooArchitecture #f_rmlab

Making patterns today and teaching myself how to use grasshopper! #myfirst #digitalsketch #rhino #grasshopper #parametric #thesis #generative #art

A Scenario: I Design the Vessels, Nature Does the Rest

An architect stands in front of a shelf of material vessels (much like the cabinet full of test tubes and beakers in a laboratory). He is faced with a choice for the task at hand (possibly a wall, a façade, or a roof … ). Next to this shelf, is a library of available biological parts. He selects the organisms that will give him the desired affect and continues to his workstation. The combination is made, the fluid is concocted and pumped through the material vessel. This is the beginnings of the bio-skin. The architect is left to his own devices, he no longer has control over the system, and now waits for the chemical reactions to take place … 

Welcome to the bio-digital age of design. This is, presumably, how architects will work in the future; where material assemblies are not fixed enclosures and where the architect is never in full control of the system.

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from the thesis entitled, Material Fertility

Sharing some work in progress. Preliminary studies made for my thesis, Material Fertility. This is the breakdown of a possible geometry in its uniform state. I have also been working on morphing these in grasshopper to increase the variability and experimenting with a couple of other iterations of a base unit.

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Tessellation Gradients by noelb

Bubble wrap “bio skins” #frmlab #uwsa #f_rmlab #rachelarmstrong #workshop #results #latergram

Bubble wrap “bio skins” #frmlab #uwsa #f_rmlab #rachelarmstrong #workshop #results #latergram

Bubble wrap “bio skins” #frmlab #uwsa #f_rmlab #rachelarmstrong #workshop #results #latergram

Bubble wrap “bio skins” #frmlab #uwsa #f_rmlab #rachelarmstrong #workshop #results #latergram

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