Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives [NOOK Book]

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What will the city of the future look like? More like an ever-changing and vibrant garden than a static set of buildings and blocks. In 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives,' British scientist and architect Rachel Armstrong re-imagines the world’s extensive urban areas and argues that in order to achieve sustainable development of the built environment — and help countries like Japan recover from natural disasters — we need to start thinking differently. ...
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Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives

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Overview

What will the city of the future look like? More like an ever-changing and vibrant garden than a static set of buildings and blocks. In 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives,' British scientist and architect Rachel Armstrong re-imagines the world’s extensive urban areas and argues that in order to achieve sustainable development of the built environment — and help countries like Japan recover from natural disasters — we need to start thinking differently. Armstrong sets the scene for considering different ways of making structures and materials, suggesting that we can ‘grow’ more ecologically compatible buildings by using life-like technologies, such as protocells. The result is a new kind of architectural practice where cities behave more like an evolving ecosystem than lifeless machines.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014101837
  • Publisher: TED Conferences, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: TED Books , #12
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 746,505
  • File size: 647 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Armstrong is the co-director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) specializing in Architecture and Synthetic Biology at the School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. She is also a Senior TED Fellow and a Visiting Researching Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.
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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Living Architecture - Designing Urban Environments Ecologically

    Living Architecture sets the scene for a new group of materials and architectural interventions that lie somewhere between the performance of machines and biology. These strange, new technologies blur the distinction between building and landscape and suggest that the 21 century marks the advent of synthetic urban ecologies. The book itself takes a multi-systems view of the potential applications of systems that are not truly 'alive' but possess living qualities. As 'living technologies' these properties can be exploited as new ways of 'making' things at many scales of operation ranging from the micro scale, to the city. The text explores the context and need for these kinds of new solutions that are compatible with a systems view of the world embodied in the ecologically engaged practices of Panarchy, Permaculture and Biomimicry. Living Architecture results from the strategic applications of living technologies and is based on real world experiments. Additionally Living Architecture looks to the future using an original science fiction narrative to examine what a 'living' urban future might hold for humanity.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

     Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

     Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Very interesting reading

    This book is a nice and well described futuristic technology that may be the cornerstone of our future architecture because it include some features of living organism. Well written and easy to read

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