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Living buildings: plectic systems architecture

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Modern building practices rely on Victorian construction methods founded on industrial technologies. This article asks how it may be possible to develop an alternative approach to the construction of our homes and cities that is more environmentally responsive, works with the natural energy flows within matter and which is connected to natural systems, not insulated from them. The approach of plectic systems architecture suggests that it is possible to create living buildings by re-examining the dynamics of terrestrial matter through a new approach to materials science and computation to engage in a fundamental re-visioning of what constitutes an architectural practice for the twenty-first century.
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Keywords: architecture; climate change; complexity; environment; material computing; sustainability; synthetic biology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: TEDGlobal Fellow, Teaching Fellow, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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