Architecture traditionally has approached ecology as a "mother nature"(1), understanding it as harmonious, cyclic and balanced background, only perturbed by humans. Today we see nature as "twelve-thousand-year-old human product"(2) - catastrophic, imperfect, manipulable and holistic. Understanding that nature and artifice are hardly differentiable leads us to a new relational model between design object and environment, biological and technological systems. Interaction of these systems becomes an ecology itself. Contemporary cities, in this scenario, expand to synthetic ecosystems. Design object - to a technologically integrated bio-artificial design system. Bio-computation and bio-digital fabrication become instruments which implement design processes and integrate material behaviors into design form.
Incorporating bio-digital fabrication strategies and material studies, seminar will be investigating new aesthetical logics for a production of synthetic design solutions. Exploring capacities of a composite material to construct a structural growing system, projects will aim to implement a new design logic for urban interventions, as well as to study the relationship between biological and artificial materials, digital and biological fabrication. Research will be focused on large scale 3d printing and bio-artificial material system development. Students will study a 3d printing technic and develop a composite bio-artificial material system which will be tested in 1:1 scale structure, developed for an exhibition at the center Pompidou in Paris, describing a relational system between environment and design object.
Intensive research will follow the steps:
- bio material (algae): growth, research, microscope studies, documentation.
- bio-artificial material system development.
- 3d printing technic.
- inoculation methods.
- monitoring and documentation.
- theoretical reflection. (TBC)
Session 1: Tuesday 2nd of October 17:00 – 20:00
- Gregory Bateson, “Steps to an Ecology of Mind”
- Timothy Morton, “Dark Ecology”
- Timothy Morton, “Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”
- Slavoy Zizek “Living in the end times”
(1) Slavoj Zizek, "Examined Life: Philosophy is in the Streets". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_K_79O21hk
(2) Timothy Morton, "What is Dark Ecology?"