Surburban mutations: towards the multi-dimensional appropriation of science in architecture

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    McGinley, Tim
    Collins, Julie
    Schwarz, Quenten
    Muehlbauer, Manuel
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science and Digital Design
    Conference Papers


Architectural science aims to understand the complex relationships of architectural systems to their environment. Environmental scientists can infer a specie’s ability to adapt to different environments through a knowledge of the species and detailed data about its environment. Developmental biologists can then untangle how the organism developed from its DNA genotype to its adult phenotype. Furthermore, researchers in evolutionary development can tell us how the species evolved to support its self in that environment. Revisiting these terms in the face of radically changing architectural design and practice is necessary to evaluate their appropriate use in current digital workflows and their potential impact on the source theory in the domain of biology. Morphogenetic prototyping (MP) positions the evolutionary development of biological systems as an analogue to understand complex hierarchical systems in architecture and their relationship to their environment. In this way MP provides a framework for us to understand the implications of architecture’s adaptation throughout its historical development, framed in its vernacular context. This paper proposes a multi-directional methodology for the phenotypic and genotypic description of the A3 Adelaide house to support morphogenetic prototyping of environmentally homeostatic architecture at a genotypic level.


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