Book Launch: Marco Poletto and Claudia Pasquero
Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self Organizing City
Date: Thursday 17 May 2012
Venue: AA Bookshop
This manual investigates the subject of urban ecology and systemic development from the perspective of architectural design. It sets out to explore two main goals: to discuss the contemporary relevance of a systemic practice to architectural design, and to share a toolbox of informational design protocols developed to describe the city as a territory of self-organisation. Collecting together nearly a decade’s worth of design experiments by the authors and their practice, ecoLogicStudio, the book (published by Routledge) discusses key disciplinary definitions such as ecologic urbanism, algorithmic architecture, bottom-up or tactical design, behavioural space and the boundary of the natural and the artificial realms within the city and architecture. Contributions from key innovators in contemporary architecture and urban design include Michael Batty, Andrew Hudson-Smith, Michael Weinstock and Patrik Schumacher.
A new kind of ‘real-time world-city’ is illustrated in the form of an operational design manual for the assemblage of proto-architectures, the incubation of proto-gardens and the coding of proto-interfaces. These prototypes of machinic architecture materialise as synthetic hybrids embedded with biological life (proto-gardens), computational power, behavioural responsiveness (cyber-gardens), spatial articulation (coMachines and fibrous structures), remote sensing (FUNclouds) and communication capabilities (Ecological Footprint Grotto).