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Emergent Technologies and Design: Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture

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Overview

Emergence - the process by which new and coherent structures, patterns and properties ‘emerge’ from within complex systems

Traditional architecture starts from the premise that architectural structures are singular and fixed, and however well integrated are separate from their environment and context. Emergence requires that the opposite is true – that those structures are complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of an environment of other active systems, and develop in an evolutionary way.

This book, based on the authors’ internationally renowned Emergent Technologies and Design course at the Architectural Association in London, introduces a new approach to the practice of architecture. The authors use essays and projects to demonstrate the interrelationship of concepts such as emergence and self-organisation with the latest technologies in design, manufacturing and construction.

With projects from their course, and critiques and commentary from some of the world’s leading design theorists and practitioners, the authors of Emergent Technologies and Design have introduced a radical new way of understanding the way in which architecture is conceived, designed and produced.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415493444
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hensel is co-founder and was co-director of the Emergent Technologies and Design Master Programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture until 2009. He is now Professor of Research by Design at AHO – The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and board member of BIONIS – the Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability.

Achim Menges is Professor and Director of the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University and Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Master Programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Michael Weinstock is the Director of Research and Development at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he is co-founder and co-director of the Emergent Technologies and Design Master Programme.

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Table of Contents

Preface 4

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part 1 Theoretical framework 23

Chapter 1 Evolution and computation 25

Chapter 2 Material systems, computational morphogenesis and performative capacity 43

Chapter 3 Material systems and environmental dynamics feedback 63

Part 2 Research 83

Chapter 4 Fibres 85

Chapter 5 Textiles 101

Chapter 6 Nets 117

Chapter 7 Lattices 137

Chapter 8 Branches 155

Chapter 9 Cells 175

Chapter 10 Mass components 195

Chapter 11 Casts 211

Chapter 12 Aggregates 227

Bibliography 243

Project credits 247

Author biographies 250

Index 254

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