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Biodesign in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Deep Green

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ISBN 9780367768010
July 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
356 Pages 150 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Biodesign in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Deep Green investigates the potential of nature based technology for shaping the evolution of contemporary architecture and design. It takes on the now pervasive topic of design intelligence, extending its definition to encompass both biological and digital realms.

As in their first title, Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self Organizing City, the authors engage the topic through the specific lens of their innovative design practice, ecoLogicStudio and their research at the University of Innsbruck and at the Bartlett, UCL. Part One of the book, entitled PhotoSyntheticaâ„¢, illustrates design solutions that engage the urban microbiome and seek to achieve an immediate impact, while Part Two, entitled Deep Green, includes synthetic landscapes and operates within a much larger spatio-temporal frame, going beyond human perception and life span to envision design as a geographical and geological force.

In the age of catastrophic climate change, such perceptual expansion helps to clarify that change cannot simply be stopped or rolled back. We must instead establish more positive dynamics of change within the living world. To this end, this book proposes to engage with design and architecture as an extended cognitive interface, a sentient being that is co-evolutionary and symbiotic with the living planet, contributing to its beauty and to our continued enjoyment of it.

Table of Contents

Preface by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto

Introduction by Sir. Peter Cook

Part 1: PhotoSynthetica


Projects 1.01: PhotoSynthetica test beds, pilot projects and early adoptions

Biotechnological architecture: On culturalizing the urban microbiome

Projects 1.02: Bio-digital sculptures. Designing the living

Environmentalism beyond ideology: Reprogramming the blue-green city

Projects 1.03: Cybergardening the city

Part 2: Deep Green

Polycephalum: A journey through architecture, bio-computation and cognition

Projects 2.01: Synthetic landscapes

Projects 2.02: Deep planning

Tomatoes and the Immortality of the Soul by Prof. Mario Carpo

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Claudia Pasquero is co-founder and director of ecoLogicStudio ltd, lecturer and Director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at The Bartlett UCL, professor and director of the Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University.

Dr Marco Poletto is an architect, educator and innovator based in London. He is Co-Founder and Director of the architectural practice ecoLogicStudio and the design innovation venture PhotoSynthetica, focussed on developing architectural solutions to fight climate change.