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Surrealist complex systems, parallel biology and the greening of architecture

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Systems architecture and its associated parallel biology generate architectural forms that are both green and surreal by nature. The connection between systems architecture and Leo Lionni's fantastic book Parallel Botany are considered as architects are now starting to have the ability to create great works of biological parallelism using technologies that are highly sur real, they are on top of the real.

Keywords: complexity science; parallel biology; parallel botany; surreal; surrealism; systems architecture; technology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Professor of Architecture & Digital Theory, Vice-Dean, Director of AVATAR group, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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