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Bartlett Lecture: BioCities / architecture / bio-computation / conferences / urban designOctober 2, 2013

ecoLogicStudio was invited to present the recent works at the Bartlett, UCL in London. The event also marked the launch of the new Urban Morphogenesis academic stream and the BIO Urban Design LAB, part of the B-PRO Urban Design MArch program.


Ecology Beyond Nature

The dissolution of the dichotomy ‘artifice vs. nature’ opens new possibilities in the conception of the city from a non-anthropocentric perspective. Urban design can then be conceived as the breeding of relationships between industrial, agricultural, biological and social systems. This emergent notion of bio-urbanity establishes a link between the instant and immaterial qualities of contemporary urbanism and the slow and material cycles of biological life.
The lecture will illustrate bio-inspired algorithmic design methods at the core of EcoLogicStudio's work, as well as the new academic stream in Urban Morphogenesis on The Bartlett's MArch Urban Design (UD) Programme. Computation, both analogue, biologic and digital, is deployed to enable the study of iterative, adaptive and resilient design solutions across a fluid eco-social terrain, generating a multiplicity of responses and effects ranging scales and regimes, from the molecular to the territorial, from the quasi-instantaneous to the geological.

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