Metabolic Design: Towards radical co-authorships

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The application of living technologies to buildings and cities promises to catalyse a shift from fossil fuels to the wet and soft burning of metabolisms, inviting buildings to become responsive, ecologically active and productive. This broadening of architecture’s scope demands new rules, methods and priorities, challenging the inertia of buildings, the primacy of human experience and the traditional role of the architect. Yet, perhaps more importantly, it prompts a rethinking of design practice as defined by protocols of human control and authorship. The talk introduces a metabolic understanding of architectural objects and materials; one that seeks adaptability both in the ability of outputs to undergo future changes and in the capacity of pre-existing substrates to inform and steer designs. Here, objects exist within a deep continuum that necessarily exceeds generations and intentions, and values are attributed both from within and without the architectural project and its scripts—challenging authorial purity and promoting fluid definitions, affordances and ecologies of use.
Period1 Mar 20193 Mar 2019
Event titleLiving Architecture Systems Group Symposium
Event typeSymposium
LocationToronto, CanadaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational