CASTING WITH LIVING MATERIALS
Newcastle University, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Spring Term.19 | Masters Architectural Technology Studio
Lead by Martyn Dade-Robertson, Thora Arnardottir, Dilan Ozkan
Students: Tori Ellis, Sarah Hollywell, Josh Higginbottom, Sarah Rogers,
Jack Ingham, Lydia Mills, Josie Foster
If we see the classical orders, in Vitruvian terms as getting closer to an imitation of nature then what if our capital becomes nature?
What will become the 4th Order?
During lab work
Vitruvius, suggested that ‘Architecture is the imitation of nature’. Through biophilia we seek forms in nature which inspire the design of new buildings and through biomimicry we seek a structural understanding of biological systems to inform the engineering of our buildings. What if we could go much further? What happens when we become Architects of nature?
The studio focuses on exploring, not only, the material properties of mycelium-based materials, but the semiotics of the material. There are, broadly speaking three classical orders in Architecture: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Each order is defined by a scale and characterised by columns and capitals which grow in complexity. The columns are highly abstracted trees with each order becoming more complex in terms of ornamentation moving from symbolic to the iconic presentation.