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RE-WORKS cities: BioCities / algae / cyber-Gardens / ecoMachines / energy / urban design / conferencesOctober 15, 2013

This is a recording of Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto speaking at the Re-Works Cities conference in London.

The theme of the conference is "Synthetic Biology and The Living City"

We are experiencing an unprecedented era in the history of urbanisation. How we manage the pace of urban growth will be one of the defining challenges of the 21st Century. It is predicted that by 2050, three quarters of the world's population will live in cities. To ensure we can all live sustainably and efficiently we need to start start designing smarter urban environments to cope with increased urban growth.  How can sensor data, digital simulation, automated fabrication, augmented reality and synthetic biology create buildings and future cities that are more adaptive, regenerative, and alive?

The talk of Claudia and Marco introduces the work of ecoLogicStudio and the Bio Urban Design Lab; the research presented here promotes a non anthropocentric understanding of the urban landscape, intended as a territory of self-organization and co-evolution of multiple systems, and prefigures a future bio-active city able to synthesize renewable energies into food and power as well as wastes into raw material for construction and growth. On one side we research bio-mimetic models of self-organization to develop adaptive urban planning strategies, while on the other we investigate the integration of bio-technological and digital communication systems for re-metabolising the urban fabric. The lecture introduces how social insects like ants can become valuable models of bottom up and adaptive design of new urban agriculture networks, and how urban microalgae can be grown in a new breed of digitally augmented "cyber-Gardens", installed in London, Paris, Milan and the Osterlin region of Sweden.

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