Dissemination efforts

list of the most important publications, workshop organizations, conference and symposium participations and press articles of the project

Selected scientific publications


  • Adamatzky A., “Fredkin and Toffoli Gates Implemented in Oregonator Model of Belousov-Zhabotinsky”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol.27, No.3 (2017), 1750041.
  • Armstrong, R., Caldwell S. G., Ferracina S., Adamatzky A., Ieropoulos I., Nogales J., García J. L., Imhof B., Hoheneder W., Vermeulen A., De Lucrezia D., Hanczyc M. “Living Architecture: A Modular and Programmable Synthetic Ecosystem for the Built Environment.Proceedings of the British Phycological Society annual meeting 2017, Bangor, UK, 11-13 January. (Poster presentation). The abstract is not available via open access.
  • De Lucrezia D., “Bridging the gap between design and synthesis”, Synbiobeta Conference, London, 05 December 2017, Conference Proceedings
  • De Lucrezia D., “Engineering with uncertainty”, Systems and Synthetic Biology Conference, Munich, 20-21 July 2071, Conference Proceedings
  • Hanczyc MM., Imhof B., Adamatzky A., “Living architecture: workshop report from the European Conference on Artificial Life”, Adaptive Behavior 26 (2), 85-88, Lyon, France, 4 September 2017
  • Kahramanoğulları O., “Quantifying Information Flow in Chemical Reaction Networks”, Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Algorithms for Computational Biology, AlCoB 2017, Aveiro, Portugal, June 5-6, LNCS 10252, Springer, 2017
  • Tsompanas M-A, Adamatzky A., Ieropoulos I., Phillips N., Sirakoulis G. Ch., Greenman J. “Cellular non-linear model of microbial fuel cell”, Biosystems 2017, doi:10.1016/j.biosystems.2017.04.003
  • Tsompanas M-A., Adamatzky A., Sirakoulis G. Ch., Greenman J., Ieropoulos I., “Towards implementation of Cellular Automata in Microbial Fuel Cells”, PloS one 12 (5), e0177528, 2017
  • Uluseker C., Torres J., García J. L., Hanczyc M., Nogales J., Kahramanoğullari. “A Dynamic Model of the Phosphate Response System with Synthetic Promoters in Escherichia coli”, ECAL (the European Conference on Artificial Life) 2017, Lyon, France, 4-8 September 2017 (submitted).


  • De Lucrezia D., “Bridging the gap between design and synthesis”, Genomic & Synthetic Biology Conference, London, 08-09 November 2018, Conference Proceedings
  • Davide De Lucrezia, “Bridging the gap between design and synthesis”, SynbiTECH Conference, London, 24 June 2018, Conference Proceedings
  • García-Jiménez, B.; García, J. L.; Nogales, J., “FLYCOP: metabolic modeling-based analysis and engineering microbial communities”, Bioinformatics, 34,17,i954-i963, 2018,Oxford University Press
  • Hogle, M.,Imhof, B., Hoheneder W., Living Architecture: Metabolic applications for next-generation, selectively-programmable bioreactors, Contributing: Rachel Armstrong, Ioannis Ieropoulos, Lauren Wallis, Jiseon You, Juan Nogales, 2018
  • Tsompanas M., Adamatzky A., Ieropoulos I., Phillips N., Sirakoulis G.C. and Greenman J., “Modelling Microbial Fuel Cells using lattice Boltzmann methods,” in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
    doi: 10.1109/TCBB.2018.2831223, 2018
    keywords: {Biological system modeling;Anodes;Mathematical model;Geometry;Lattices;Fuel cells;microbial fuel cells;lattice Boltzmann;modelling;agent-based model;bio-electrochemical processes},
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=8352747&isnumber=4359833
  • Uluşeker C., Hanczyc MM., Kahramanoğulları O., “Mechanisms of Switching Response to External Phosphate Levels in Escheria coli”, Artificial Life Conference Proceedings, 633-640, 23-27 July 2018, Tokyo, Japan.


  • Canalejo, F. J.; Nogales, J., “The inclusion of side metabolic reactions in the genome-scale metabolic model of Pseudomonas putida highlights to underground metabolism as key player in metabolic robustness”, Biosaia: Revista de los másteres de Biotecnología Sanitaria y Biotecnología Ambiental, Industrial y Alimentaria, 2019, vol. 1, no 8.
  • Kahramanoğulları O., “Quantifying mechanisms of bacterial phosphate economy for synthetic apps.”, 10th Conference on Dynamical Systems Applied to Biology and Natural, Sciences, 3-6 February 2019, Napoli, Italy
  • Kahramanoğulları O., “Enumerating Dominant Pathways in Biological Networks by Information Flow Analysis”, Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Algorithms for Computational Biology AlCoB 2019, Berkley, California, May 28-30, LNCS/LNBI, Springer, 2019
  • Mesa-Galán, A., Blázquez, B., Nogales, J., “Genexput: A rapid and standarised method for large genome expansion of Pseudomonas putida”, Biosaia: Revista de los másteres de Biotecnología Sanitaria y Biotecnología Ambiental, Industrial y Alimentaria, 2019, vol. 1, no 8
  • Pasternak G., Yang Y., Santos BB., Brunello F., Hanczyc MM., Motta A., Regenerated silk fibroin membranes as separators for transparent microbial fuel cells, Bioelectrochemistry 126, 146-155 , 2019
  • Pasternak G., Hanczyc MM., “Novel method for detecting and quantifying phenol with transient response of glycolytic oscillations of synchronised yeast cells”, Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research, 100259, 2019
  • Ronco-Campaña, A.; Torres-Bacete, J.; Nogales, J. “Engineering self-regulated synthetic gene expression systems and its application on controlled protein expression. Biosaia: Revista de los másteres de Biotecnología Sanitaria y Biotecnología Ambiental, Industrial y Alimentaria, 2019, vol. 1, no 8.
  • Uluşeker C., Torres-Bacete J., García JL., Hanczyc MM., Nogales J., “Quantifying dynamic mechanisms of auto-regulation in Escherichia coli with synthetic promoter in response to varying external phosphate levels”, Scientific reports 9 (1), 2076, 2019
  • Uluşeker, C.; Torres-Bacete, J.; García, José L; Hanczyc, Martin M; Nogales, J.; Kahramanoğulları, O., “Quantifying dynamic mechanisms of auto-regulation in Escherichia coli with synthetic promoter in response to varying external phosphate levels”, Scientific reports,9,1,2076,2019, Nature Publishing Group

Under review

  • Tsompanas MA., Ieropoulos I., “Artificial neural network simulating microbial fuel cells with different membrane materials and electrode configuration”, Journal of Power Sources (under review)

In revision

  • Christian Lieven, Moritz Emanuel Beber, Brett G Olivier, Frank T Bergmann, Meric Ataman, Parizad Babaei, Jennifer A Bartell, Lars M Blank, Siddharth Chauhan, Kevin Correia, Christian Diener, Andreas Dräger, Birgitta Elisabeth Ebert, Janaka N Edirisinghe, Jose P Faria, Adam Feist, Georgios Fengos, Ronan MT Fleming, Beatriz Garcia-Jimenez, Vassily Hatzimanikatis, Wout Van Helvoirt, Christopher Henry, Henning Hermjakob, Markus J Herrgard, Hyun Uk Kim, Zachary King, Jasper Jan Koehorst, Steffen Klamt, Edda Klipp, Meiyappan Lakshmanan, Nicolas Le Novere, Dong-Yup Lee, Sang Yup Lee, Sunjae Lee, Nathan E Lewis, Hongwu Ma, Daniel Machado, Radhakrishnan Mahadevan, Paulo Maia, Adil Mardinoglu, Greg L Medlock, Jonathan Monk, Jens Nielsen, Lars K Nielsen, Juan Nogales, Intawat Nookaew, Osbaldo Resendis, Bernhard Palsson, Jason A Papin, Kiran Raosaheb Patil, Mark Poolman, Nathan D Price, Anne Richelle, Isabel Rocha, Benjamin Sanchez, Peter Schaap, Rahuman S Malik Sheriff, Saeed Shoaie, Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Bas Teusink, Paulo Vilaca, Jon Olav Vik, Judith A Wodke, Joana C Xavier, Qianqian Yuan, Maksim Zakhartsev, Cheng Zhang; Memote: A community-driven effort towards a standardized genome-scale metabolic model test suite, BioRxiv, 350991, 2018, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Nature Biotechnology.

In preparation.

  • Blázquez, Blas; Mesa-Galán, Antonio and Nogales, J., “GENEXPUT: a standardized library of SEVA-compatible plasmid for fast, customizable, and innocuous expansion of P. putida genome”. ACS Synthetic Biology
  • Martinez, I; Sánchez, I and Nogales J., “Overproduction of vitamin B12 in Pseudomonas putida through systems metabolic engineering. Metabolic engineering”.
  • Mendis A., Francois C., You J., Greenman J., Ieropoulos I., “Electronic energy and cell management system for efficient operation of microbial fuel cell stack system”, tbd.
  • Nogales, J; Jiménez, B; Torres-Bacete, Jesús; Sánchez, I; García JL, “Synthetic microbial consortia: From model-driven designing to synthetic biology implementation”, Review for Microbial Biotechnology.
  • Torres-Bacete, Jesús; Ronco-Campaña, Alejandro; Nogales, J. “PSynPro, a broad applicability library of phosphate sensing synthetic promoter: From synthetic microbial consortia-based biosensors to standalone protein expression”, ACS Synthetic Biology.
  • Torres-Bacete, Jesús; Jiménez, B; Sánchez, I; Martínez, I; Blázquez, Blas; García JL and Nogales, J., “Model-driving designing and synthetic biology construction of modular and multitasks synthetic microbial consortia and its application on living architecture”. Nat Biotech, Nat Communication, PNAS
  • You J., Wallis L., Rimbu G., Greenman J., Ieropoulos I., “Living architecture: towards energy generating buildings powered by microbial fuel cells”, frontiers in Energy Research
  • You J., Wallis L., Rradisavljevic N., Hanczyc M. M., Greenman J., Ieropoulos I., “A comprehensive study on in-house ceramic separators of microbial fuel cells”, Energies
  • You J., Wallis L., Greenman J., Ieropoulos I., “Different types of real house greywater used in microbial fuel cell power generation”, tbd.

Selected design/architecture publications:


  • Armstrong, R. Soft Living Architecture: An alternative view of bio-informed design practice. London: Bloomsbury. 2018.
  • Armstrong, R. (In press). Liquid Life: On non-linear materiality. New York: Punctum. 2019.
  • Armstrong, R. (editor) (In press). Experimental Architecture: Prototyping the unknown through design-led research. London: Routledge. Chapter contributions by Simone Ferracina and Rolf Hughes. 2019.
  • Living Architecture Consortium, (online, open access) Living Architecture. Executive summary. Brochure. June 2019


  • Armstrong, R. (In Press). Earthbound: Life beyond our planet, New Geographies, 11. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Press.

Selected talks, lectures and conferences:


  • Rachel Armstrong, keynote at “staying human”, DOGA conference, 10th January 2019, Norway
  • Rachel Armstrong, keynote, Barcelona Biennale City and Science, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 7 February 2019
  • Barbara Imhof, „The stars look very different today“, SCI-ARCH,Los Angeles, CA, USA, – 80 professionals and students,13.2.2019
  • Rachel Armstrong, keynote, „Living Architecture: Metabolisms for living in“, NI Science Festival, 20 February 2019, Belfast, Ireland
  • M Hanczyc “The development of life-like droplets to study the fundamental properties of living systems” February 28, 2019 Queen Mary University of London
  • Barbara Imhof, „Living Architecture“ LIVING ARCHITECTURE Systems Group Symposium, by Philip Beesley, Toronto, Canada, – 80 professionals and students, 2.3.2019
  • Rachel Armstrong, AILA Gold Coast – The Expanded Field, 13th October 2018, Submission for curatorship of Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 (Shortlisted 26th February, interview 19th March 2019)
  • Rachel Armstrong, keynote, “Living Architecture”, “Aliens on the Galactic Silk Road, 23rd March 2019, Hong Kong, China
  • Rachel Armstrong, Rolf Hughes, Edinburgh Science Festival, discussion of Design and Innovation, 11th April 2019, hosted by Shoreline of Infinity and Edinburgh Science Festival.
  • Barbara Imhof, „Building Beyond “, lecture at the KLAF (Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival), – 200 professionals and students, Malaysia, 31.5.2019
  • Waltraut Hoheneder, Rachel Armstrong, Rolf Hughes, keynote talks as part of the seminar Living and non-living Architecture Seminar
    Escuela Técnica superior de Arquitectura, 14/15 March 2019, Sevilla, Spain
  • Barbara Imhof, „Building Beyond “, American University, Beirut, Libanon, – 50 professionals and students, 12.4.2019
  • Barbara Imhof, „Building Beyond “, lecture at the Kassel University, Architecture Faculty, Germany, – 50 professionals and students 6.6.2019
  • Ozan Kahramanoğulları, Stochastic Mechanisms of Information Flow in Phosphate Economy of Escheria Coli, Numerical Computations: Theory and Algorithms, The 3rd International Conference and Summer School, 15-21 June 2019, Crotone, Italy.
  • M Hanczyc, “Regenerated silk fibroin membranes as separators for transparent microbial fuel cells”,  Frontiers in Silk Sciences and Technologies Conference, 12-15 June 2019, Trento Italy
  • Ozan Kahramanoğulları, Stochastic mechanisms of auto-regulation in Escheria coli with synthetic promoter in response to varying external phosphate levels, Bacteriology Conference, 10 July 2019, Paris, France.
  • Armstrong, Understanding New Ecological Truths: Towards an experimental mindset, Keynote Eco Visionaries, Matadero, Madrid, 14th July 2019.
  • Hughes and R. Armstrong, Necromancy for a Planet, Convocation, Research Ecologies, Research Pavilion No. 3,, 17th July, Venice,
  • Armstrong. Living Architecture, EIC Innovation Enterprise, Bucharest Romania, 19 July 2019.


  • Barbara Imhof, „Leave the Capsule if you dare“, lecture at Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center , Myers School of Art and Department of Biology, The University of Akron, USA – 60 professionals and students, 9.3.2018
  • Barbara Imhof, „Leave the Capsule if you dare“, CalArts, California, USA, – 20 professionals and students, 30 professionals and students, 15.3.2018
  • Barbara Imhof, „Growing As Building“, lecture, CEEBIOS, biomimicry symposium, Paris, FR, – 50 professionals and students, 26.3.2018
  • Barbara Imhof, „Built to Grow“, HDA, Graz, Austria, – 50 professionals and students 14.6.2018
  • Hanczyc“The development of life-like droplets to study the fundamental properties of living systems” April 16, 2018. New York University – Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Hanczyc “The development of life-like droplets to study the fundamental properties of living systems.” June 14, 2018, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Barbara Imhof, TECX TALK #8 – Dr. Barbara Imhof “Building beyond – jenseits des Erdhorizonts“, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Germany, – 60 professionals and students, 06.11.2018
  • Rachel Armstrong, IUCN keynote presentation “Living Architecture”, Amsterdam 6th October 2018
  • Rachel Armstrong, Rolf Hughes, “Experimental Architecture: Prototyping Possibilities for an Ecological Era,” 9th October 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Rachel Armstrong, keynote “Living Architecture”, Monash School of Art, Design & Architecture, 12th October 2018, Melbourne, Australia

EXHIBITIONS/Festivals/Expert groups of the project Living Architecture or artistic installations as part of the project


Year: 2019

Title: Vienna Biennale for Change 2019 – SPACE AND EXPERIENCE ] Architecture for Better Living

Dates: Wed, 29.05.2019–Sun, 06.10.2019

Location: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

Link: https://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2019/06/12/living-architecture-showcased-at-the-vienna-biennale-for-change-2019/

Year: 2019

Title: 999 years, 13 sqm (the future belongs to ghosts).

Dates 14 February – 12 May 2019

Location: Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Link: https://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2019/02/15/999-years-13-sqm-the-future-belongs-to-ghosts/

Notes: The ‘living’ wall in the installation by Cecile B. Evans (artist) and Rachel Armstrong (Professor of Experimental Architecture), is a structure and organic battery system that is powered by microbes.



Year: 2019

Title: “Animate Materials” Expert Forum

Dates: 13th March 2019

Location: Royal Society, London, UK

Link: https://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2019/03/13/animate-materials/

Notes: The invite-only event extended to Rachel Armstrong and Rolf Hughes, explored shaping and promoting animate materials as a new field of science – materials with ‘life-like’ properties such as the ability to diagnose and repair themselves and self-decompose at the end of their life. The meeting was convened with a diverse group of people, including economists, architects, social policy experts, designers and artists, to explore the vision of animate materials and how the technology can be ‘socialised’.

Year: 2018

Title: Metamorf Trondheim Biennale

Dates: 8-10 March 2018

Location: Trondheim, Norway

Link: http://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2018/03/08/a-beautiful-accident/

Notes: Rachel Armstrong was the invited curator for this programme of a 2-day programme of talks that explored the idea of consciousness and the living brick via a performance for “A Beautiful Accident”

Year: 2018

Title: From Victoria Tunnel to Quantum Tunnelling, Being Human Festival,

Dates: 17th November 2018

Location: London, UK

Link: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/rom-victoria-tunnel-to-quantum-tunnelling/

Notes: Rachel Armstrong, collaboration with Rolf Hughes, Pierangelo Scravaglieri, John Bowers, Tim Shaw, Simone Ferracina and the Ouseburn Trust.

Year: 2017

Title: Unconventional synbio applications

Dates: 09 October 2017

Location: Osaka Biohup, Osaka (JP)


Year: 2017

Title: Unconventional synbio applications, BioJapan 2017

Dates: 11-14 October 2017

Location: Yokohama (JP)

Link: https://www.ics-expo.jp/biojapan/en/


Year: 2017

Title: Venice Research Pavilion (living bricks)

Dates: 12-14 August 2017

Location: Venice, Italy

Link: https://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2017/07/14/venetian-brickolage-an-ecology-of-found-practices/


Year: 2017

Title: World Creativity Forum,

Dates: 1 November 2017

Location: Aarhus, Denmark


Notes: An invited keynote for the World Creativity Forum 2017 was given by Rachel Armstrong, which introduced the concept of ‘living bricks’. This was followed by a workshop held by Rachel Armstrong and Rolf Hughes for a participant group of 25 designers, architects and creatives, who used recycled materials to generate a ‘living wall’.


Selected interviews and press:


  • SCI-Arc Channel: Dr. Barbara Imhof, Co-founder and Co-manager [with Waltraut Hoheneder and René Waclavicek] of LIQUIFER Systems Group and SCI-Arc Applied Studies Coordinator, Herwig Baumgartner discuss Imhof’s work in the field of space architecture. Imhof and Baumgartner talk about projects including “Living Architecture” incorporating bioreactor technology for waste treatment and SHEE “Self Deployable Environment for Extreme Habitats” focusing on human habitation in extreme environments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBzWRCmvQc4, May 2019


  • “DOULIX, la rivoluzione del DNA sintetico”, Il Sole 24 Ore, 09 October 2018, Press release Esplora
  • “DOULIX and SIRION BIOTECH Release World’s First Online Adeno-Associated Virus Design and Production Tool”. Digital press release, 11 September 2018, Press release Esplora


  • “Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls”, Ben Skuse, The Scientist (online), 01st May 2017.


  • “Living Architecture”, Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) Article, online, 8th March 2017 [Rachel Armstrong interviewed by Claudia Pasquero, curator of TAB and Marco Poletto (EcoLogicStudio)].



(reach of 16.500):

SPRING/SUMMER 2019 Newsletter – 19. June 2019

FALL 2017  Newsletter – 9. October 2017

SUMMER 2017  Newsletter – 3. July 2017

WINTER 2017  Newsletter – 2. January 2017

FALL 2016  Newsletter – 7. November 2016

SPRING 2016  Newsletter – 12. May 2016




Workshops and symposiums are conceived as dissemination efforts, creating the opportunity for the cross-exchange of information and for creating impact among LIAR team members and for generating interest outside the consortium.

Organisation of workshops/symposiums


Year: 2019

Title: Living and non-living Architecture Seminar

Dates: 14/15 March 2019

Location: Escuela Técnica superior de Arquitectura, , Sevilla, Spain

Link: https://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2019/04/05/living-and-non-living-architecture-1st-int-seminar/

Notes: Consortium members gave keynote lectures. Waltraut Hoheneder, Managing Director, LIQUIFER Systems Group. Vienna, Austria opened with a keynote addressing sceanrios and applications of Living Architecture. Juan Nogales of the CSIC – Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Madrid followed with his systems biology perspective. On the second day Rachel Armstrong, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape gave a keynote about “Design with Metabolism: Shaping the Inner Life of Things”, followed by Rolf Hughes, Director of Artistic Research EAG (Experimental Architecture Group).

Year: 2019

Title: From synthetic biology to system biology

Dates: 7-8 March 2019

Location: Explora Biotech, Mestre (IT)

Notes: Alessandro Filisetti & Davide De Lucrezia, workshop participation


Year: 2018

Title: Making Monsters – principles of optimum resource use, recycling and unlikey juxtaposistions with how we inhabit such ‘monster’ spaces

Dates: 18-19 January 2018

Location: University of the Underground, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Note: The nature of monstrous materialities, bodies and spaces were explored in a Making Monsters masters student workshop, which explored unlikely ‘couplings’ between agents and bodies.

Year: 2018

Title: AGORA club ‘inner life of things’

Dates: 27 June 2018

Location: University of the Underground, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Link: http://nellyben.com/university-of-the-underground-presents-agora-club-an-arena-for-performing-collective-thoughts/

Note: Panel discussion with Rachel Armstrong and workshop held by Rolf Hughes and Simone Ferracina. This workshop was held during a live ‘club’ event, where visitors could access the ‘inner life of things’ to a wide audience. The design-based thinking was similar to the ‘monsters’ in that the participants were introduced in a playful way to theories of ‘new materialism’ where the agency of the material itself needed to be considered. Through ‘puppet thinking’ where our relationship and attitude to matter brings things to life through the imagination, we also invited people to think through puppets about a ‘brick’ and how it might perform if it was assembled as a ‘wall’.

Year: 2018

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 01 February 2018

Location: Trento University, Italy

Note: Davide De Lucrezia & Dario Cecchi, seminar participation

Dates: 13 February 2018

Location: Edinburgh University

Note: Davide De Lucrezia, seminar participation

Year: 2018

Title: Unconventional synbio applications

Dates: 15 February 2018

Location: Newcastle University, UK

Note: Davide De Lucrezia, seminar participation


Year: 2018

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 20 February 2018

Location: Trento University, Italy

Note: Davide De Lucrezia, seminar participation

Year: 2018

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 17 April 2018

Location: Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele All’adige, Italy

Note: Davide De Lucrezia, seminar participation

Year: 2018

Title: Learning from Landscape: Forging Folklore, Tallinn Tales workshop

Dates: Monday 27th August to Friday 31st August, 2018,

Location: Tallinn Technical University, Estonia

Link: http://nellyben.com/university-of-the-underground-presents-agora-club-an-arena-for-performing-collective-thoughts/

Note: In Learning from Landscape: Forging Folklore, Tallinn Tales, workshop at Tallinn Technical University, students conducted a series of site visits to ‘living’ landscapes and re-told the histories and character of their sites, as if they were actual characters – not backgrounds to human activity. Students were introduced to research concepts early in their education through a range of artistic research methods that include: immersion in spaces, staging encounters with their work, defamiliarization techniques that break down their preconceptions and the process of worlding.


Year: 2018

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 18-21 September 2018

Location: Newcastle University,

Note: Davide De Lucrezia & Dario Cecchi, seminar participation

Year: 2018

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 10 December 2018

Location: Bristol University, Bristol, UK

Note: Dario Cecchi, seminar participation

Year: 2017

Conversation about urban ecologies, habitation systems and energy


Dates: 20. Oct. 2017

Location: University of Applied Arts, Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Link: http://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2017/10/19/living-architecture-panel/
Notes: This mini-symposium offered insights into living architectures, focusing on
ecologic systems that are programmable and capable of producing essential goods for living such as power, nutrition, clean water and air. Experts in the fields of experimental architecture, energy design, space
systems and entrepreneurship will engage in conversation, highlighting
individual perspectives on what ecologic architecture is and what it can be in the future. The dialogue is meant to provoke concerted efforts to transform our habitats from inert spaces into programmable sites.

Rachel Armstrong, project coordinator Living Architecture, Professor for experimental architecture, University of Newcastle, UK
Christophe Lasseur, project coordinator of MELISSA, European Life Support System, European Space Agency ESA, project Living Architecture Advisor, NL
Sandra Rey, Founder & CEO Glowee, innovator, France
Bernhard Sommer, Energy Design, Assistant Professor at the University of Applied Arts, CEO Exikon – architecture, Vienna, A,
Jan Wurm, Ove Arup, Berlin, project Living Architecture Advisor
moderator: Barbara Imhof, LIQUIFER Systems Group, project Living Architecture Partner, Vienna, A

Year: 2017

Title: Living Architectures Workshop at the ECAL European Conference on Artificial Life

Dates: Monday 4 Sept 2017

Location: Lyon, France

Link: http://livingarchitecture-h2020.eu/2017/10/19/living-architecture-panel/
Notes: Living Architecture is about buildings that function and behave as living creature: they breathe, think, dream, and fall in love with their inhabitants. Living Architecture can be thought as a step “beyond” biomimicry where things are not “like” biological systems, they have original physiology and perform “as” living things, so that these spaces are new kinds of localised nature as it were that is programmable.


Year: 2017

Title: ‘(Re)playing the mineral tape of life’

Dates:18-19 December 2017

Location: Experimental Architecture Group at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

Note: The potential for ‘bottom-up’, analogue forms of self-assembly using material programs leading to forms of construction, was explored in a workshop centred on principles of the Living Architecture project, specifically the theme of liquids and transformation (2017). A model system was designed using reactive chemistries in gels the material relationships were complexified using diffusion-precipitation reactions to pattern a ‘living’ stained glass window – which itself, was formed from individual units. This was a liquid prototype for a ‘living wall’. The workshop was attended by Masters students in architecture from an international background.

Year: 2017

Title: Bridging the gap between design and synthesis

Dates: 24 May 2017

Location: ECLT European Centre for Living Technology, Venezia, Italy

Note: Davide De Lucrezia, seminar participation