Exhibition View: Built to Grow – Blending Architecture and Biology

Growing As Building, 2015

Exploration of different pathways of Living Architecture, experimentation with biology, architecture and engineering

algue producing device with water and light | Image by ©
algue producing device  | Image by ©
objects and materials in plexiglass shelf | Image by ©
prints of material and structures on wall | Image by ©
objects in space, prints on wall | Image by ©
hanging 3D printer | Image by ©
structures and objects hanging in bigger structure, surfaces like skin | Image by ©

The underlying research work of the exhibition looks at growth patterns and dynamics from nature to apply them to architectural visions of a self-growing house. The exhibition presents ideas, approaches and concepts for grown structures evolved by an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, art, biology, robotics and mechatronics. Work of 2,5 years artistic research will be presented in videos, photography, grown materials and objects and an artistic installation of a metabolic system including algae.

Further, this includes the outcome of hands-on experiments in a Biolab with biological role models such as the pathfinding slime mould, mycelium structures and metabolic systems around a novel 3D printer concept.

Two cable driven mobile 3D printers evolved through the research questions of the project GrAB and will be shown in the exhibition. Videos of conversations with different experts about agency, emergence and resilience including the immanent values and ethical aspects of this research will be on display to reflect and contextualize the work within our world of change.

Project lead:
Dr. Barbara Imhof, Dr. Petra Gruber

Project team:
Mag.arch. Waltraut Hoheneder, Dr. Tanja Oberwinkler, MA. Arch. Damjan Minovski, Viktor Gudenus, Ceren Yönetim, Mariya Korolova, Ioana Binica, Rafael Sánchez Herrera, Laura Mesa Arango, Andreas Körner, Mohammedneja Shikur

Cooperation Partner:
Dr. Angelo Vermeulen, Delft University of Technology, Participatory Systems, NL

Prof. Julian Vincent, University of Bath, Biomimetics, Mechanical Engineering, UK

Prof. Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg, Botanischer Garten, Plant Biomechanics Group, DE

Funding body:
FWF, Austrian Science Fund, PEEK Programme for Advancement and Development of Artistic Research

Connection at Angewandte: Institute of Architecture, studio Greg Lynn

Photos: Alicia Pawelczak