1st Edition

Biodesign in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Deep Green

By Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto Copyright 2023
    364 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

    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.