Natural Prosthesis – José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal

A project out of BLUE at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, which is a design research laboratory at the school.  They take an experimental approach towards today’s digital fabrication and computational technologies to expand architectural boundaries.  Natural Prosthesis by José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal takes an ecological approach to how built architecture can interact with the machine that is nature.  They didn’t take the approach of nature being this pristine perfect form, but an ever changing organism as a whole, and how can architecture better approach and connect with this system.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal
CRITICS: Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez
COURSE: Master in Architecture & Urbanism AADRL
YEAR: 2012

“This research is based on a conceptual approach toward synthetic ecologic systems created to develop symbiotic relations with the environment. We view nature not as a given state or a pure and finished system, but as a complex organism that is continuously evolving and adapting to different conditions, which is contrary to the conservative and romantic notion that defines nature as a balanced order of self-reproduction in stasis.

Therefore, we explored how architecture can actively participate in the promotion of a better environment as well as the re-computation of complex ecological systems, augmenting and expanding its properties.

Highlighting alternative methods of fabrication through material behavioral computation, Natural Prosthesis emphasizes self-organized and emergent processes while addressing social and political inputs as part of a vast definition of ecology, which sets the foundation for the proto(e)cological proposal.

Thus, architecture is not designed as a passive element but as a metabolic system, a catalyst of enabling new ways of looking at our territories and ideas of in-habitation  Ultimately, architecture becomes another living structure establishing a proactive dialogue with its surroundings and a platform that generates an artificial ecosystem – a synthetic producer of nature.”

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