Our projects on genetically engineering a new generation of building materials have been featured in the November issue of Living North Magazine. The article features and interview with Martyn Dade-Robertson on the future of building materials in the age of biotechnologies focused on our work on Bacteria based materials.
To celebrate the Birthday of Professor Jeff Errington (Director of the Centre for Cell and Bacterial Biology) Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa and Luis Hernan were commissioned to make a 3D printed bacteria cell – complete with Chromosome and Flagella. The (non-functioning) bacteria was produced using our new Form Labs printer.
Computational colloids aims to develop a pressure-sensing bacteria which will ultimately be introduced into the ground in order to synthesise biomaterials and create subsurface structures. Therefore, a uniform distribution of bacteria throughout the selected soil layer is an essential requirement. However, before introducing and testing the bacteria in geomaterials, another compound will be used instead: […]
Martyn Dade-Robertson’s article for “The Conversation” has just been published. The full text can be read here. An extract of the text is as follows: You might be disappointed to hear that some intriguing underwater structures recently discovered off the Greek island of Zakynthos are not part of the lost city of Atlantis. But the […]
A special issue of Cambridge University Press’s ARQ (Architectural Research Quarterly) on Biotechnology and the Built Environment has just come out. Edited by Martyn Dade-Robertson and Rachel Armstrong and with contributions from International Designers and Researchers. The editorial is as follows: Advances in the biological sciences have, we are told, brought about a biotechnology revolution. […]
In preparation for SEED 2016 we have released this video of our demo modelling application which allows us to test loading different scenarios for a 10x10x10m volume of soil. We visualise both static stresses as well as dynamic pore pressures and use these values to map on to gene expression values related to gene expression […]
The Computational Colloids project will be presented at ACADIA 2016 (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture). The paper which will be published in October 2016 will be presented in Michigan. The abstract is as follows: The paper details the computational modeling work to define a new type of responsive material system based on genetically […]
The Computational Colloids project will feature in a Poster presented at SEED 2016 in Chicago (Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design). The abstract for our poster is: We report on a novel project to integrate a civil engineering application with Synthetic Biology through the development of a mechanical sensing bacteria system. The project integrates a […]
This is an early forerunner for the Computational Colloids project. E.coli CAD is a prototype software which models forces applied to soils and areas of high pore pressure associated with the load. The demo also allows the user to adjust pore sizes and increase of decrease volumes of bacteria in the soils. The software was produced by […]
We have published a new paper in Computational Morphogenesis in ACADIA. The abstract is below: Architectural discourse has recently suggested a new material practice derived from advances in the field of synthetic biology. As biological organisms can now be designed and engineered for specific purposes, it is expected that, in the near future, it will be […]
Our Material Ecologies for Synthetic Biologies paper has been published in Computer-Aided Design. Abstract and download are below: This paper discusses the role that material ecologies might have in the emerging engineering paradigm of Synthetic Biology (hereafter SB). In this paper we suggest that, as a result of the paradigm of SB, a new way […]
Our Radical Vernacular paper has been published in JBIS. The abstract and download is below: Our current speculative discourse on the colonisation of other planets tends to consider future buildings through the lens of hi- tech architecture. However, we suggest that developments in biotechnology will enable types of construction which are beyond even our current […]
Ten undergraduate Architecture students, a level 2 containment lab, the most expensive cellophane money can buy and pipettes full of bacteria spores. What could go wrong? We kicked off the Bacilla Spore Actuator project with a 3rd Year Architecture studio as part of our Experimental Architecture theme. The students worked on designs for a facade panel […]
Synthetic Morphologies is a design exploration project that emerges from a growing design discourse on the possibilities afforded by Synthetic Biology. The 21st century is poised to be the era of biology, very much like the 20th has been the age of digital information. The notion comes from recent advances from Synthetic Biology in manipulating […]