On 21 March 2023 Achim Menges will give a talk on "Rethinking Architecture: Interrelations between Biology and Building" at the 1st International Conference and Scientific Exhibition on Living Materials Systems | Energy Autonomy – Adaptivity – Longevity – Societal Implications held at the University of Freiburg.
Inspiration found in nature, together with advances in computational design and robotic fabrication, challenge existing approaches in architecture in a surprising manner, or even point out completely new possibilities for design and construction. Biology offers an almost inexhaustible reservoir of principles of form, structure and process that can be transferred to architecture. At the same time, computation profoundly transforms the building industry.
The presentation will showcase ways of tapping the full potential of digital technologies in architecture and construction through inspiration by nature, in order to go beyond the mere digitalization of established planning procedures and the automation of existing building processes towards truly integrative computational design and construction for future-proof architecture.
More information can be found here.