LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
Biodesign Here and Now
Located in OpenCell, London, 2019
As an architecture collective of PhD researchers specialising in living technologies for the future, our mission is to challenge conventional methods of construction by proposing an ecocentric alternative. We believe that the buildings of the future should be living, breathing and inclusive of nature.
Yggrasil present in almost every mythology, an image of the mighty tree, signifying the interconnectedness of nature with its branches and roots, representing the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. In the imaginary of Norse cosmology, mistreating and exploiting this embodiment of nature endangers the realm of men reflecting our current ecological dilemma.
Inspired by this imaginary, our living installation reflects on the image of the cosmological tree Yggdrasil, and dives into a collaboration with nature, highlighting the need for a non-anthropocentric understanding of our environment and a respect for life on its various scales.
BACTERIAL SCULPTING [Thora H Arnardottir ]
The cementation performance results from finely tuned techniques where nucleation, chemical reaction and flow play an essential role to define the final shape.
LIVING FABRIC: ALGAE [Assia Stefanova]
Life occurs on a multitude of scales, within the human body as well as our manmade surroundings, our surfaces are active, ever-changing and responsive.
MYCELIUM GROWTH [Dilan Ozkan]
Living biota resides within everchanging landscapes, dynamically adapting to survive and withstanding hostile landscapes.
BACTERIAL CELLULOSE [Sunbin Lee]
Living bacterial membranes form a palingenetic material ecology that transcends finite cycles of generation and material breakdown.