Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design
Emergence requires the recognition of architectural structures not as singular and fixed bodies, but as complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of the environment of other active systems, and as an iteration of a series that proceeds by evolutionary development. Thus the focal point of this issue will be the exploration of techniques and technologies that enable the implementation of such morphogenetic strategies, requiring a new set of intellectual and practical skills. Though the publication stands alone as an investigation and presentation of cutting-edge techniques and technologies within the design and construction field supported by examples from adjacent industries, it also introduces a new springboard for understanding and rethinking the radical changes in which architecture is now being conceived, designed and produced. While representing a timely exploration of the embedding of techniques and technology in an alternative design approach, it also presents wholly new strategies for tackling issues of sustainability.
Introduction: Towards Self-O rganisational and Multiple- Performance Capacity in Architecture (Michael Hensel).
Computing Self-Organisation: Environmentally Sensitive Growth Modelling (Michael Hensel).
(Synthetic) Life Architectures: Ramifications and Potentials of a Literal Biological Paradigm for Architectural Design (Michael Hensel).
Self-Organisation and the Structural Dynamics of Plants (Michael Weinstock).
Self-Organisation and Material Constructions (Michael Weinstock).
Instrumental Geometry (Achim Menges).
Advanced Simulation in Design (Michael Weinstock + Nikolaos Stathopoulos).
D i f f e rentiation and Performance: Multi- Performance Architectures and Modulated Environments (Michael Hensel + Achim Menges).
Manufacturing Diversity (Achim Menges).
Polymorphism (Achim Menges).
Material and Digital Design Synthesis (Michael Hensel + Achim Menges).
Interior Eye: Plus, Plus Ça Change at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Jayne Merkel).
Building Profile: Dirk Cove (Jeremy Melvin).
Home Run: Clarion Quay (Robert Payne).
Practice Profile: Metrogramma (Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi).
McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).
Site Lines: Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne (Leon van Schaik).