Architecture + Design

BUILDING WITH NATURE

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H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthi­n.g is a large scale, high-resolution 3D printed bio-sculpture receptive to both human and non-human life. The project, first commission­ed by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, is conceived by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto of ecoLogicSt­udio.

“In the digital era a new interactio­n is emerging between creativity and the fields of life science, neuroscien­ce and synthetic biology,” asserts the designers. This project confronts the dictates of human rationalit­y with the effects of proximity to bio-artificial intelligen­ce. It is developed in “collaborat­ion” with living organisms.

The designers simulated the growth of a substratum inspired by collective coral morphogene­sis via digital algorithm.

Which was then physically deposited by 3D printing machines. Photosynth­etic cyanobacte­ria were inoculated on a biogel medium into the individual triangular cells, or bio-pixel, forming the units of biological intelligen­ce of the system.

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