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wetWare BCN: BioCities / bio-computation / urban designDecember 1, 2018

Ubiquitous computing enables us to decipher the Biopshere’s anthropogenic dimension, the so called Urbansphere. In the Anthropocene, we know our civilisation reached global impact because the machines that we built to sense it, tell us so. In this respect we are already in a post-anthropocenic condition, where the impact of artificial systems on the natural Biosphere is indeed global, but their agency is no longer entirely human. In the Anthropocene Age we therefore need more than ever a non-anthoropocentric mode of reasoning and deploying design technologies as the anthropocentrism immanent in their explorative mobilisation in architecture limits its operative scope.

In this design studio we tested the potential to bring at the core of architectural novelty the interdependence of digital and biological intelligence, by pairing algorithmically drawn (Minimized detour) with biologically grown (Physarum Polycephalum) minimal networks. Hence, we observed the diagrammatic capacity of living systems in the process of growing and becoming part of a bio-digital assemblage or apparatus, training at the same time our sensibility at recognising patterns of reasoning across disciplines, materialities and technological regimes thus expanding our repertoire of aesthetic qualities.

These emerging qualities are a measure of the progressively higher degrees of synthesis that are established among the heterogeneous systems of Barcelona, reflecting an enhanced communication across its human and non-human realms. In Wet.Ware BCN new spatial metrics are introduced to measure the city’s self-sufficiency, valuing what economists call “externalities” towards other social and ecological systems.

Methodologically it implies questioning concepts such as zone, scale, typology and program which evolved into high resolution bio-computational drawings of Barcelona’s future WetWare, its networks of ecological intelligence.

Faculty: Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto
Computational Expert: Konstantinos Alexopoulos

Students: Hongyu Wang, Antonios Nikitaras, Anaisa Franco Nascimento, Ignacio Bedia Pastor, Alaa Aldin Al Baroudi, Sri Sai Tarun Kovuru, Hena Micoogullari, Logesh Mahalingam, Manojraj Manachanallur Raju Periyasamy, Apoorva Soni, Fiona Clara Louise Demeur, Aishath Nadh Ha Naseer, Aysel Abasova, Sedat Tolga Kalcio─člu, Pratik Girish Borse, Anton Koshelev, Holly Victoria Carton, Elif Karamustafa, Lakshay Ghai, Vien Hao Nguyen, Jae Shin

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