growth and simulation of living systems towards bio-structures

 

The workflow of the project is an interdisciplinary collaboration within the fields of biodesign, bio-computation and augmented reality. By looking at the behavior of living organisms as inspiration, we will explore the possibility of demonstrating ecosystems by growing, harvesting and manufacturing responsive biological layers. The project expands upon concepts related to autopoiesis and bio-poiesis, by exploring the potential of feedback within architecture, and a shift from static structures, to dynamic, living systems. A series of rules will be established to set up a framework for a variety of growth experiments that explore the patterns, forms, and morphologies of living organisms. The project adapts bio inspired form finding methods by using Physarum polycephalum, also known as slime mold, single celled organisms that can aggregate together to produce efficient, multi-cellular spatial structures. Physarum polycephalum will be grown under specific conditions within various parameters, allowing for a set of criteria in which to assess their unruly, natural growth and behavior. This behavior will then be studied using agent-based computational design simulations to generate, design and visualize in virtual reality a bio-integrated architectural system. The main aim is to use biocomputation and biofabrication techniques in architectural design research and test machinic instruments that emerge as morphological responses to biotic and abiotic phenomena at the interface of biomaterials and spatial ecological systems.

STRUCTURE

IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 1-14 July 2019, that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. The program is led by expert tutors, combined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the topics to be treated during the course. These will be broadcasted in the different node-cities, all globally connected. Participants will join a global agenda and an international laboratory at their disposal to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in the different cities where other teams reside. 

MODULE ONE

GROWING LIVING SYSTEMS

MODULE TWO

BIOCOMPUTATION

MODULE THREE

VIRTUAL REALITY

GLOBAL SPEAKER

CAROLE COLLET

Carole Collet is Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where she currently holds two key roles. As CSM-LVMH Director of Sustainable Innovation, she set up Maison/0, an incubator of creative sustainable intelligence, in partnership with the luxury group LVMH. She is also Director of the Design & Living Systems Lab, a research lab which explores the interface of biological sciences and design to propose new sustainable models of biofabrication. As an educator, she has pioneered the integration of sustainability in the curriculum by creating new courses such as MA Textile Futures in 2001 (now Material Futures) and more recently, in 2018, the first MA in Biodesign. In her research, Collet questions the emerging role of the designer when working with biological systems. She has also established an original framework for sustainable biodesign, which was first published with the inaugural curation of Alive, New Design Frontiers in 2013. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and she regularly contributes to conferences on the subjects of biodesign, biomimicry and sustainable futures.

Her curatorial approach questions the emerging role of the designer when working with living materials and technologies such as synthetic biology, and establishes an original framework for designing with the living. Her design research project Biolace has been exhibited around the world in 30 international shows including the Universal Expo in 2015 and has been widely cited in book publications and catalogues. One of Collet’s characteristics is that she takes on different research roles, from designer, to curator and educator. This enables her to develop an informed critique of both the design outputs and the design contexts, from making knowledge to framing knowledge.

Carole’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and she regularly contributes to conferences on the subject of textile futures, biodesign, biomimicry, synthetic biology, future manufacturing and bio-materiality, sustainable design, design for the bioeconomy and climate change.

LECTURES

ELIZABETH HÉNAFF

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and designer. At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to design interventions and art exhibits. Her collaborative works have been shown at the Venice Biennale and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, among others. She has consistently made the tools – software, wetware, hardware – needed to answer her research questions.

She currently holds an Assistant Professor position at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in New York City and teaches courses in biodesign.

http://elizabeth-henaff.net

COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

DIRECTORS

NANCY DINIZ

Nancy Diniz is a registered architect and educator practicing in New York City. Nancy is partner of Augmented Architectures and the Director of the Masters in Biodesign at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships namely from New York State Council on the Arts/Storefront, MacDowell Colony, EYEBEAM, Arctic Circle, US, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Korea and The Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal. Nancy is also co-Director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture Catalonia (IaaC) New York Global Summer School and an affiliated researcher of ISTAR Information Sciences, Technologies and Architecture Research Center, Digital Living Spaces Lab, ISCTE, Lisbon Portugal and of WSNL Wireless Sensor Network Lab, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University XJTLU, Suzhou, China. Nancy has held academic positions in the US, China, UK, Italy and Portugal. She is author of the upcoming book ‘Unstable Matters – Designing with Living Organisms’.

FRANK MELENDEZ

Frank Melendez is an architect and educator practicing in New York City. Frank is a partner at Augmented Architectures, and an Assistant Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York. Frank is author of the book Drawing from the Model: Fundamentals of Digital Drawing, 3D Modeling and Visual Programming in Architectural Design, and has published texts that focus on the role of responsive technologies in architectural design and educational pedagogies. These works have been supported through grants and fellowships, including the MacDowell Colony, in which he was awarded a 2017 Artist-In-Residence fellowship. Frank has held academic appointments at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, where he was awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship. as well as Louisiana State University, and Arizona State University. He is co-Director of the IaaC New York Global Summer School. Frank holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. His professional experience includes working at URBAN A&O, New York, NY, and Frank O. Gehry & Associates in Santa Monica, CA.

INANC ERAY

Inanc Eray is Partner at Eray/Carbajo, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Istanbul, with the mission of creating concepts that solve urban, social and environmental problems. With over twenty international awards in architecture, planning and product design, Eray/Carbajo’s work has been published in major publications including Fast Company, Dezeen, Dwell, Wall Street Journal, Domus and Arch Daily. Inanc started his career at Zaha Hadid Architects after completing his degree at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Throughout the 8.5 years he spent at the firm, he completed significant projects such as the U2 Tower in Dublin and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park. Following the 1st place achievement in Istanbul Camlica Radio & TV Tower Competition, he founded the practice and its first studio space in Istanbul, in 2013. He also co-founded kolokyum.com, Turkey’s first architectural open-source platform.

TUTORS

NANCY DINIZ

Nancy Diniz is an architect and co-founder of bioMATTERS, a company developing products manufactured 100% out of waste. Nancy teaches courses on emergent sustainable materials with a focus on biomaterials. In her teaching and practice she has been developing design workflows that involve biocomputation and biofabrication techniques with the aim to develop innovative sustainable products. 

RICHARD LAPHAM

Richard Lapham is a Brooklyn based AR/VR developer and immersive media artist. In his work he incorporates VR paintings, animations, video and creative programming into mixed and virtual reality. His thesis research at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) focused on visualizing speculative environments and creative applications of mixed reality in a future where headsets are ubiquitous. He’s a member of the Oculus Start Developer program, VR mentor at SVA’s MFA program and has completed AR residencies with NYC Media Lab sponsored by A&E and the XR Bootcamp fellowship sponsored by The Rlab.

LOCATION

Hosting Partners:

ERAY/CARBAJO

Brooklyn Navy Yards
63 Flushing Avenue
Building 280 Suite 504 Box 273
Brooklyn, New York, 11205 USA

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INANC ERAY

Inanc Eray is Partner at Eray/Carbajo, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Istanbul, with the mission of creating concepts that solve urban, social and environmental problems. With over twenty international awards in architecture, planning and product design, Eray/Carbajo’s work has been published in major publications including Fast Company, Dezeen, Dwell, Wall Street Journal, Domus and Arch Daily. Inanc started his career at Zaha Hadid Architects after completing his degree at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Throughout the 8.5 years he spent at the firm, he completed significant projects such as the U2 Tower in Dublin and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park. Following the 1st place achievement in Istanbul Camlica Radio & TV Tower Competition, he founded the practice and its first studio space in Istanbul, in 2013. He also co-founded kolokyum.com, Turkey’s first architectural open-source platform.

Pinar Guvenc

Pinar Guvenc, Managing Partner at Eray/Carbajo, MSc. manages business operations and product development processes. She oversees material research, sourcing, prototyping and fabrication of products for internal and client projects. After earning her BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and MSc in Finance from Southern Illinois University, Pinar worked at New York Grant Company as a Senior Consultant, specializing in economic incentives and grants for real estate development, job creation and technology innovation. In 2013, she co-founded NYFU.com, an e-commerce site for functional furniture, which in 2015, merged with Lazzoni, a global furniture manufacturer and retailer. Pinar teaches “Marketing Collaborations” under Pratt Center for Community Development, a workshop series created to help businesses grow through strategic collaborations.

REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design, etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English.

Credits

After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about advanced design strategies. They will be familiar with parametric software, data visualization and use of digital machines. The last day of course participants will join a presentation of developed projects reviewed by a renown jury and will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.

Visa

Each participant is responsible to investigate which documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin. The school will provide a confirmation letter regarding the participation to the course, and will assist where possible the visa process.

Fee

Fee for New York is 1,200.00 USD  and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee is required. Flight tickets, accommodation and food are not included in the fee. Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the software installed. Further details about the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.

APPLICATIONS

In order to register to the Global Summer School, participants need to submit the online application form, where they will be asked to fill their personal details and to upload a CV. Portfolio is not required. GSS19 dates are from 1-14 of July 2019 and applications are open until May 2019.

For more information email: gssnewyork19@iaac.net

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